by Ian Baguskas
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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.
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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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