Joseph Scheer — Xi’an 4th international printmaking workshop

Joseph Scheer

–>Short Bio
Born Heidelberg Germany, 1958
Joseph Scheer is a Fulbright Scholar, 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 work is in numerous international collections. This past summer a large selection of his work was featured in China’s First Printmaking Festival and Exhibition, Guanlan Museum of Printmaking, Guanlan, China, and the POP Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Grifth University, Brisbane, Australia. Other recent exhibitions have taken place at The Yantai Museum of Art, Yantai, China the National Museum of China, Beijing, and T+H Gallery Boston, MA. A recent show that traveled to four major museums in Sweden was comprised of 100 large format prints.



–> The body of work consisting of prints and video produced over the past decade is collectively called “Imaging Biodiversity”. It is about seeing the things that live on our planet in a particularly intense way. This happens by using extreme resolution, extended focus, and enlargements through scanning and HD Video that are the critical technical elements of my working process. Coming from a printmaking/print media background, handmade papers are the preferred carriers of the images produced. The technology of the time has always been the main driver of printing techniques from the past to the present and today there are more available to the artist than ever before. The images have generated great interest in the scientific community and so it was inevitable that my work would involve the science of the creatures themselves: taxonomy, biogeography, ecology, and even such knowledge as botany. More and more, I have been inspired to see larger meanings for what I do: explorations of places where science and art intersect and how the social aspects of awareness and appreciation affect what we choose to preserve or protect in this world. My work bridges the gap between aesthetics and technology—between the public spectacle of art and the more esoteric world of scientific research. Joseph Scheer


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