Paul Wittenbraker

individual
Life Dates
b. 1959
Nationality
American
Artist Biography
Paul Wittenbraker received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and has served as a professor in the Art and Design Department at Grand Valley State University. Statement for the first floor; to go next to the 2 large images "Corpus Cognoscendi" and "Hoc Loco":"'Mundus Imaginalis' curiously incorporates the site of the Devos Center Complex. There are 34 objects (which can be concidered artifacts or parts) and individual photographs of each of the 34 corresponding parts.There are also 3 large photographic composites that document the site, the parts, and the configuration. The 34 parts are the complete set of pieces resulting from the division of one whole form. They are within and under the surface of the Devos complex and are no longer visible. The large image, 'Corpus Cognoscendi' ('body of knowledge') presents the parts as recomposed in relation to each other. This arrangement layered over the site plan of the whole complex results in a corresponding site location for each individual part. One construct over another. The image 'Hoc Loco' ('in this place') describes the layering of these two fabrications. The image includes a complete site plan of the complex (north is depicted as up) and small inset images of each part in it's approximate location. The other large image, 'Intermondo' is on display on the 5th floor. Throughout the Devos Complex the 34 individual images mark the locations of the parts in two different ways. If the part is within the perimeter of the building, the photo location marks the approximate location of the actual object. If the part is outside the perimeter of the building (under the yard or walkways), the photo is installed near a window that is well suited for viewing the location of the part. Embedded in a lower corner of each of these small images are numbers indication the distance to the object (in feet and inches) and the angle of the view (in degrees) from the nearby window pane. In 'Hoc Loco' these parts that are outside the building perimeter are presented with additional detail. As with the others the inset photo indecates the object location. In addition, these have an attched red line and boxed number. The red box shows the location of the photograph and adjacent viewing window. The number inside the box indicates the floor level of the photo and the viewing window. The red line indicates the line of sight from the window to the location of the part." -Paul Wittenbraker 5th floor Statement"'Mundus Imaginalis' curiously incorporates the site of the Devos Center Complex. There are 34 objects (which can be concidered artifacts or parts) and individual photographs of each of the 34 corresponding parts. There are also 3 large photographic composites that document the site, the parts, and the configurationThe 34 parts are the complete set of pieces resulting from the division of one whole form. They are within and under the surface of the Devos complex and are no longer visible. This image 'Intermondo' (one of the 3 large composite images) presents an isolated view of the 34 inset images in spatial relation to each other as they are located throughout the complex (north is at the top of the image). The other two large images, 'hoc loco' and 'corpus cognoscendi', are on display on the 1st floor. Throughout the Devos Complex the 34 individual images mark the locations of the parts in two different ways. If the part is within the perimeter of the building, the photo location marks the approximate location of the actual object. If the part is outside the perimeter of the building (under the yard or walkways), the photo is installed near a window that is well suited for viewing the location of the part. Embedded in a lower corner of each of these small images are numbers indication the distance to the object (in feet and inches) and the angle of the view (in degrees) from the nearby window pane." -Paul Wittenbraker