Joseph Scheer's extended focus high resolution scans of moths confront the viewer with disquieting beauty. His large-scale prints enlarge details that are impossible to see with the naked eye, highlighting their amazing diversity and graphic complexity. It is estimated that over 160,000 species of moths exist worldwide, and Scheer has scanned more than 3000 of them. He is currently working on a biodiversity project on the biodiversity of moths of Changbai Mountain in Jilin Province, China. The project involves working with the people and officials of small villages through out this remote northern region that boarders North Korea.
"My artwork of the last two decades has been a continuing dialog with the natural sciences. My hope is that the work explores the inherent basis of the human need for nature. This need was coined biophilia by E.O. Wilson. Wilson defines biophilia as the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living things. I believe that we live in a time in which it is highly critical to promote our respect for, and redefine the delicate relationship to, the many living things on our planet."
Joseph Scheer is a Professor of Print Media and Co-Director/Founder of the Institute for Electronic Arts at the School of Art and Design, Alfred University, New York. His current works, which span print media, video and web based projects, use technology to re-examine nature through interpretive collecting and visual recording. His most recent work has been exhibited at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, the National Museum of China, Beijing, and The Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois. A large exhibition of 100 prints traveled to four major museums in Sweden. He has published two books about his work: Night Visions, the Secret Designs of Moths and Night Flyers. His work has been written about in over 120 books and periodicals including: National Geographic, five articles in the New York Times, Flaunt, ArtNews, ArtForum, Science, Nature, Seed, Forbes, US Air Attaché, American Photo, DER SPIEGEL, The Chronicle for Higher Education and The Ganzfield. He was recently Fulbright-Garcia Robles Research Scholar in Sonora Mexico.
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