Ugly Peach

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by Ian Baguskas

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Artist Statement

How do we define beauty? How do the fruit and vegetable standards define beauty? Two separate things.

The USDA standards for peaches require that a peach be must be “Well formed, meaning that the shape of the peach may be slightly irregular but not to the extent that its appearance is materially affected", and that a peach must not be “Badly misshapen, meaning that the peach is so decidedly deformed that its appearance is seriously affected".

Most fruit deemed unfit for sale is discarded simply because it doesn't fit the shape, size or color of the industry standards. What some may consider ugly or undesirable, does not speak to it's quality, nutrition or its taste. Where do all these ugly fruits and veggies go? They will not make it to most supermarkets and unfortunately, many will never be eaten. Relaxing these industry standards and helping to minimize food waste can minimize water, energy, and land waste, and could surely help feed the hungry. Besides, do we really want our food to be so homogenous? Perhaps we need to find beauty in the unique.

Details

+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
+ Directly supports the artist
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

Medium:

Innova Fibaprint Warm Cotton Gloss

Edition Structure:
10"x8" | edition of 20
14"x11" | edition of 250
20"x16" | edition of 50
30"x24" | edition of 10

Ian Baguskas

Ian Baguskas grew up in Philadelphia, PA, and moved to New York on a full scholarship to the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, where he received his BFA. Ian is represented by Jen Bekman Gallery in New York, where he had his debut solo show, Sweet Water, in 2008. Other exhibitions include In Search of the Magnificent at the CCNY Art Gallery, in 2009; You Might Find Yourself at the Ice Box at Philadelphia's Crane Arts, in 2008, and Hey, Hot Shot! Ne Plus Ultra 2007 Annual and Hey, Hot Shot! 2006 Spring Showcase at Jen... Read More
Bekman Gallery. In 2008, Baguskas was named a PDN 30, one of the top 30 emerging photographers by Photo District News, and was a winner of Magenta's Flash Forward award for emerging photographers. He was also nominated for the KLM Paul Huf Award. In 2007, he was honored as one of four finalists for the Aperture Portfolio Prize, and was a winner of the Ne Plus Ultra, Hey, Hot Shot! Annual. Most recently Ian's work has won the British Journal of Photography Open Walls Arles 2020, exhibited at Galerie Huit Arles, the Life Framer 2020 Street Life category, and is included in the book, Observations in the Ordinary published by Subjectively Objective. Traveling extensively, Baguskas continues to make photographs based on ideas about modern exploration.
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