Joseph Scheer 约瑟夫 • 希尔
Fragile Wings – the Biodiversity of Moths
纤弱之翼 – 飞蛾多样性
地点：AC Printshop AC数字版画工作室
AC Printshop 荣幸地邀请到那个“他”：美国阿尔弗莱德大学艺术设计学院教授、电子艺术研究所创立者、飞蛾魔术师Joseph Scheer约瑟夫希尔举办飞蛾版画长卷展。
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 were featured in: China’s First Printmaking Festival and Exhibition, Guanlan Museum of Printmaking, Guanlan, China and the POP Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Griffith 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.
With this exhibition most of the moths come from Changbai mountain in Jilin Provence with a few coming from Mexico and other parts of the United States. The scroll is an unusual form in that it is perhaps a very early form of “the book” and a way of “reading images”. Another aspect of the scroll is that its ability to change its scale, in that it can be rolled out for a large space to see in its entirety or seen/displayed in portions. They in themselves are perhaps precursors to digital media and ideas that we explore now with video and interactive art.
While working with the biodiversity of moths for over twenty years now, the display and exhibition of them continues to be explored. Trying to display a large number of them in limited space has always been a challenge. To understand the complex variations and the numerous species that exist has been a concern in presenting the work. Often many images have gotten left out because of space limitations. As someone who has worked in print media for many years, the carrier of the image has always been paramount. Working with Xuan type papers has intensified recently, especially after a research trip to Anhui province last summer. We visited eight different workshops out of the over four hundred that still make paper there today. This trip has been truly inspirational by seeing the vast amount of papers that I have not worked with before and the long historic tradition of paper making in China. Most of the papers that were acquired are not available to artist in the United States.
This exhibition at AC gallery has opened a new opportunity for binging to view a large number of moth species in a manner I have not explored before. Traveling to Liulichang to purchase papers for testing, I viewed a number of traditional Chinese scroll works. After doing a number of tests and preliminary prints it was decided to make scrolls for this exhibition. With the help from a shop that I have been purchasing paper from, we found a beautiful Xuan paper available in rolls that printed beautifully. This lead to the decision to embark on a substantial project of producing large format scrolls that are approximately ten meters long each. These works are hybrids of ancient and new digital technologies of applying contemporary images into a venerable tradition.
本次展览的大部分飞蛾来自中国吉林省的长白山，少数来自墨西哥和美国其他地区。 卷轴是一种不同寻常的形式，因为它可能是“书”的一种非常早期的形式，也是一种“阅读图像”的方式。 卷轴的另一个方面是它能够改变的尺度，因为它可以在一个大的空间里完整地看到整体或者只展现其中的一部分。 它们本身可能是我们现在通过视频和互动艺术探索的数字媒体和思想的先驱。
在研究飞蛾的生物多样性已有二十多年的时间里，它们的在展览中的展示方法仍在不断被探索中。 试图在有限的空间内展示大量的作品一直是一个挑战。 要了解复杂的变化和存在的众多物种，这些都是展示作品的关注点。 由于空间限制，通常会遗漏许多图像。 作为在印刷媒体工作多年的人，图像的载体始终是最重要的。 最近，尤其是在去年夏天去安徽省进行考察之后，与宣纸及其他中国纸类的合作愈演愈烈。 我们参观了今天仍在那里制作纸张的四百多个不同的工作室。那次旅行真的很鼓舞人心，因为看过我之前没有合作过的大量纸张作坊，以及中国造纸业悠久的历史传统。 在美国，艺术家是无法获得如此大量的中国纸张的。