IA BAGUSKAS | ARTIST BIO
Ian Baguskas was born in 1977 in Philadelphia, PA. A full scholarship to The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, where he received his BFA, brought him to New York; he now resides in Brooklyn, traveling extensively to work on independent projects. Over the past years, his Search for the American Landscape project has taken him throughout Washington, Oregon, California and Utah, making photographs based on ideas of modern exploration and travel in the West.
Baguskas spent over two months in South Korea working on projects entitled Below Line 38 and Sansaram; an extensive article about them appeared in South Korea’s Photo Art magazine. For these projects, Baguskas photographed everything from Seoul’s uniformed parking hostesses to tourism at the North Korean border. In these images he documents the landscape, its people and their enthusiasm surrounding hiking culture throughout the country.
Named to the PDN 30, Baguskas was featured in their March 2008 issue as one of the year’s top 30 emerging photographers. He was nominated for the 2008 KLM Paul Huf Award, honored as one of four finalists for the 2007 Aperture Portfolio Prize, included in the Hey, Hot Shot! 2006 Spring Showcase and was a winner of the 2007 Ne Plus Ultra, Hey, Hot Shot! Annual at Jen Bekman Gallery.
Exhibitions include: Sweet Water, Solo exhibition at Jen Bekman, 'Looking at the Land - 21st-Century American Views' at the RISD Museum of Art, Land Use Survey at Jen Bekman, Fathoming The Sea at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, BAMart at Bergdorf Goodman, In Search of the Miraculous at The Camera Club of New York, Mixtape at Jen Bekman, You Might Find Yourself at Crane Arts in Philadelphia, and The Interactive Landscape at Mt. Tremper Arts in New York.
Publications include: Wall Street Journal Magazine, Photo District News, Fader, Culture and Travel, Photo Art, Theme, Next American City, The Photo, Avenue L, Flash Forward, and Brooklyn Bound.