Artists pushing boundaries of form and content
Live/Work: An Alternative Showcase, 2013
Mark Baugh-Sasaki: The Uncanny Valley, 2013
Mark Baugh-Sasaki, a San Francisco native, unites elements of industrial and natural landscapes in his sculptures in order to investigate the relationships, adaptations, transformation and conflicts that arise in this hybrid environment. Combining steel, fallen tree limbs, and rocks and boulders, his sculptures range from organic arches and pods, to multi-spiked creatures reminiscent of Medieval weaponry, to crystalline geometric webs and are often housed in outdoor courtyards or forests. Working in sculpture, video installation, and works on paper, Baugh-Sasaki quietly ushers viewers toward an awareness of their relationship to the natural world, without bias.
Baugh-Sasaki attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he studied photography and sculpture. He has exhibited his work at numerous locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the Islip Art Museum, New York; Geumgang International Art Center, Chungcheongnam-do, Korea; Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito; Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco; and has solo exhibitions at Krowswork in Oakland and ASC Projects in San Francisco. He was recently awarded an Honorary James Irvine Foundation Fellowship for his work at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program in Woodside, CA, where he is part of the permanent collection, and his public art sculpture Adaptations was commissioned and installed at Patricia’s Green in Hayes Valley, San Francisco, from 2009 to 2010, with a new commission coming up in 2014.
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