Big is Beautiful: Two Noteworthy Artists Present the Wonders of Nature on a Bold Scale

Paul Lange and Joseph Scheer reveal exquisite, unseen aspects of flowers and insects in dual exhibitions at the Regenstein Center

Adriana Reyneri
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areyneri@chicagobotanic.org

Event Date: 
Saturday, April 19, 2014 to Sunday, June 15, 2014
Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GLENCOE, IL (April 23, 2014)Bold, beautiful images of blossoms and moths – the works of acclaimed artists Paul Lange and Joseph Scheer – are providing visitors to the Chicago Botanic Garden rare insights into the wonders of nature. Lange’s “Big Blooms” series will be exhibited at the Krehbiel Gallery through Sunday, June 15, while Scheer’s innovative moth prints can be seen in the Joutras Gallery through Sunday, August 17.

New York fashion photographer Lange first turned his lens toward flowers ten years ago and, in 2006, began documenting an idyllic farm near his Hudson Valley home. “Big Blooms” – one of four series in the “50 Acres Project” - depicts the style and grace of poppies, peonies, roses and other flowers, capturing the unique personality of each blossom in a formal portrait. Lange explains, “Working with concepts of size, scale and gesture, I coax each of my botanical subjects to display some whimsically anthropomorphic characteristic that evokes a feminine persona.”

The farm and garden estate, owned by acclaimed New York City florist Zezé, has also inspired the “Fowl Portraits,” “Paradisus” and “Disturbed Paradise” series, as Lange searches for new ways to relate to and represent the garden in his transition to fine art photographer from editorial and celebrity photographer featured in Vogue, Glamour, the New York Times and other publications.  

Artistic innovation is also reflected in The Hidden Beauty of Moths, an exhibition on display in the Joutras Gallery showcasing the work by Joseph Scheer, a pioneer in the use of extreme-resolution scanners. Scheer, a professor of print media at Alfred University’s School of Art and Design in western New York, says he uses technology to reexamine nature and refers to his body of work as “imaging biodiversity.” The digital images are printed on a mulberry bark paper called “Cloud Dragon” that the artist brought back from China. The high-resolution images are composed on these delicate fibrous papers, creating an unusual viewing experience and revealing the exquisite features and magnificent colors of moths, insects on the fringe of human awareness.     

Admission to both exhibitions is free, although the usual parking restrictions apply.

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