Rincon Artificial Island and Pipeline, Ventura, California
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Rincon Island, built in 1958, is a manmade island off the coast of Ventura, California. Its palm trees are deceiving; infamous for its oil spills, the island is used to extract and transport crude oil to the shore. Part of the series Sweet Water, this imitation desert island is one of many instances throughout Southern California where artificial landscapes and environments have been built. In the course of my travels, I found places that seemed to defy both nature and reason, having been transformed from desert into lush palm tree groves, green lawns and lakes. Like the eroding Rincon Island, most of these transformations are not likely to last.
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Jen Bekman Gallery in New York, where he had his debut solo show, Sweet Water, in 2008. Other exhibitions include Mixtape at Jen Bekman Gallery, in 2009; 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; The Interactive Landscape at Mt. Tremper Arts, in New York, in 2007; and Hey, Hot Shot! Ne Plus Ultra 2007 Annual and Hey, Hot Shot! 2006 Spring Showcase at Jen 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. Baguskas' work has been published in Theme, Flash Forward - Emerging Photographers 2008, Culture + Travel, Next American City, Photo Art, Avenue L and Photo District News. Traveling extensively with 4x5 and 6x7 film cameras, Baguskas continues to make photographs based on ideas about modern exploration and travel in the West. Ian has also spent some time in South Korea working on his projects Sansaram, which follows the hiking culture throughout the country, and Haenyo, which documents the dying tradition of the female divers on Jeju Island.
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