Ilana Halperin (b.1973 in New York) is based between Glasgow and the Isle of Bute. She received her MFA from the Glasgow School of Art and her BFA from Brown University. Her work explores the relationship between geology and daily life. She combines fieldwork in diverse locations – on volcanoes in Hawaii, caves in France, geothermal springs in Japan, and in museum, archives and laboratories, with an active studio-based practice. She shares her birthday with the Eldfell volcano in Iceland.

Solo exhibitions include: Minerals of New York, The Hunterian, Glasgow and Leeds Arts University (2019); The Rock Cycle, Akiyoshidai Natural History Museum, Japan and touring (2019); Geologic Intimacy, Fujiya Gallery, Japan and touring (2017); The Library, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh (2013); Steine, Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité (2012); Physical Geology: slow time, Artists Space, New York (2009); Physical Geology: part one, Manchester Museum (2008). She was the Inaugural Artist Fellow at National Museums Scotland and Artist-Curator of Geology for Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. The Library of Earth Anatomy, a permanent commission at The Exploratorium in San Francisco opened 2017.
Her work has featured in numerous group exhibitions worldwide including: Crystal Clear, Pera Museum, Istanbul (2020); Etre Pierre, Musee Zadkine, Paris (2018); Cosmogonies curated by Hélène Guenin, MAMAC, Nice (2018); The Forces Behind the Forms, Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland and touring (2016); Cristallisations – la naissance d’un ordre caché, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis curated by Centre Pompidou Metz, France (2015); Allegory of the Cave Painting curated by Mihnea Mircan, Extra City, Belgium (2014); Estratos curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, PAC Murcia, Spain (2008); Sharjah Biennial 8, UAE (2007) and Experimental Geography curated by Nato Thompson (2008-2011). Her exhibition There Is A Volcano Behind My House at Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute was postponed due to Covid-19 and will open on May 8, 2021. Felt Events, a forthcoming volume on her work edited by Dr. Catriona McAra, will be published by Strange Attractor/MIT Press in Autumn 2021.
Ilana Halperin is represented by Patricia Fleming, Glasgow

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I work Patricia Fleming, a gallery based in Glasgow, Scotland. They will be delighted to discuss both my current and past projects and related work.

Pre-order is available for Felt Events, a forthcoming volume on my work published by Strange Attractor/MIT Press. Please go here for further information:

To view a selection of  my film based works, go : here

For The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi) a new project between Japan and Scotland curated by Naoko Mabon/Wagon please go : here

To order a copy of FOSSIL, part of Lost Rocks, published by A Published Event please go : here

To order a copy of Minerals of New York published by Flint go : here

For Geologic Intimacy (Yu no Hana), a geothermal project between Japan and Scotland curated by Naoko Mabon/Wagon please go : here

For a talk with Andrew Patrizio at Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh as part of the exhibition Between Poles and Tides : Recent Acquisitions please go : here

For my contribution to Making the Geologic Now go : here

For an interview with Studio International go : here

The Audio Field Guide FELT EVENTS can be heard : here

A Conversation across Two Moments in Ten Years, Mag Magazine : here

Portscapes with Latitudes

Hand Held Lava with Triple Canopy

For an archive of work through 2010 please visit:

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