Scot J. Wittman – Mapographer
October 23rd – November 13th 2015
Friday, October 23rd, 2015
SCCC Gallery Building C
One College Hill Road
Newton, NJ 07860
Map Collage Portrait Series by Scot J Wittman
This series initially comprised 19th Century Explorers; it quickly expanded to include Royals, [anthropologically important] Skulls and ultimately Cherubs before the series came to a close. The series weaves together two interests of mine: cartography and portraiture. Navigation and Inspiration.
The process initiates with research in libraries and comes to fruition with blades and glue in the studio. I traveled to three of the best map collections in the United States and obtained reproductions of maps made by the very hands of 5 different 19th Century Explorers themselves. By copying and collaging, I fashioned the white values of the flatland and the black values of the mountainous regions to create large portraits. If the viewer stands 20 feet away, she will see the likeness of the Explorer. If the viewer stands 2 inches away, he will see where the latitudes and longitudes of where the Explorer forged into the unknown. I repeated this process with Royalty, incorporating regions of areas of rule. I also repeated this process with Homo Habilus and other skulls while incorporating sites in which they were discovered. Harking the next [Silhouette] series, the Cherubs provide the fictitious and fantastic rather than the factual and finite.
The Silhouette Series by Scot J Wittman
With the precision of the contour line and the mystery of the silhouette, this series continues to articulate the major theme of inter/personal exploration. Similar to the Map Collage Series, these works begin with research and come to fruition once many disparate aspects come together for a single tracing paper moment; that moment is then cut, glued and framed. Each work provides the opportunity for the viewer to consider the harmony of certain opposites: mapping yet being lost, balance and imbalance, conviction and wonder, confusion and attraction, ambivalence and love.
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Text by Kulvinder Kaur Dhew
Sussex County Community College Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by mixed media artist Scot J. Wittman. He received a BFA at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, a BA at Rutgers University and an MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Currently he serves as Dean of Arts at Rutgers Preparatory School.
Wittman has exhibited his work nationally and internationally including, Rome, Reykjavik and Los Angeles. Equally inspired by teaching and studio practice, the artist is well known for his exquisitely crafted two-dimensional works. The artist’s research features many different inspirations, for example, maps, colonial archetypes, musical instruments, and objects from the medical world. Additionally, Scot competes professionally on the International Frisbee circuit.