"I'm a bit obsessed with documenting my environments, particularly in film photography. I learned photography on film cameras and I never stopped using them even with the great advances (and ease of use) digital photography brought. So much so that now a lot of my work, and process, is dependent on my use of color reversal (slide) film. I really enjoy the physical nature of film photography because working with the film to build my compositions satisfies my need to "create" the final image.
The final images that are printed are actually enlargements of very small compositions I construct by hand from the color reversal film I shoot in vintage cameras. I photograph the same scene many times from slightly different angles, sometimes double-exposing the film, sometimes shooting details up close. I then cut and collage several film images, combining and overlapping pieces, to create an dream-like recreation of the original environment I photographed. I cut the film using different tools and magnifying glasses then adhere them on glass or acetate as I continue to build up the composition by overlapping pieces. When a composition is finished, I scan it at very high resolution and create a large scale print.
When viewed at large scale, the artifacts of construction, like the glue, tape, dust, and overlapping pieces, are very visible and become a roadmap of the artistic process. My hope is that the compositions engage viewers to look deep and interpret them on a both an emotional and technical level, discovering familiar glimpses of environments contained in the film as well as the aesthetics inherent in the creative process."
ABOUT THE ARTIST
David Bellard is a Seattle-based artist working in film photography and video installation. Bellard’s photomontage compositions are influenced by photo artists such as Gilbert and George, Hannah Hoch and Alexander Rodchenko, and also draw conceptual influence from the cut-up theories of the beat poets. Bellard exhibits his art and video installations regularly in the U.S. and around the world, and is on display in several corporate collections in the U.S. He is the founder and creative lead at Fluency Creative in Seattle, Washington.
· Gallery 110, Seattle WA - “Human/Nature - 8th Annual Juried Show”
· East City Art/Pepco Edison Gallery, Washington DC - “Emulsion 2017”
· Black Blox Gallery, Portland, OR – “Color: Photography Now”
· East City Art/Gallery O on H, Washington DC - “Emulsion 2016”
People’s Choice award winner
· Strathmore Mansion, MD - “Kaleidoscopes: 200 Years”
· Hill Center Gallery, Washington DC - “2016 Regional Juried Exhibition”
· FCCA, VA - "Radius of Shadows" solo show
· Studio Gallery, Washington DC - "Emerging Artists"
· ArtDC Gallery, Washington DC - "WeTweetArt V.3.0"
· Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington DC - "Excellence in Printmaking""
· Black Whiskey, Washington DC - “Black Whole”
· Artists Television Access, San Francisco CA - “Analogica Selections” Screening
· Washington ArtWorks, MD – September 2015 – “The Land”
· Washington Project for the Arts, DC – Sept 2015 – Dec 2015 – “Massing” solo show
· Shoot 8 Screening, Den Haag, Netherlands – October 2015 – “Shoot 8 Global Super 8 Day”
· OpenStudios DC, Washington DC - "Moving Show"
· New York Center for Photographic Art, NY - "New Creativity"
· Hickock Cole/WPA, DC - "WPA Art Night 2014"
· FCCA, Fredercksburg, VA - "The Human Factor"
· Atsukobarouh Gallery, Tokyo, Japan - "Paper Pirates x Tokyo"
· Analogica Film Festival, Ora, Italy - "Analogica 2014"
· FotoWeek, Washington DC - "FotoBazaar 2014"
· FotoWeek, Washington DC - November 2013 - "FotoBazaar 2013"
· Hunton & Williams, LLP
· Davis Construction
· Kinzelman Art Consultants
· “Op-Ed” – The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA – October 2016
· Membership Panel Juror – Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA – March 2017
RELATED EXPERIENCE: (cont’d)
· Rare: Technical advisor to Rare’s social marketing programs around the world
· Rare: Producer for multimedia and communication projects in the U.S.
· Cleveland Play House: Art Director
· DreamWorks TV Animation: Assistant
· Seattle Art Musuem - “Neukom Vivarium” Docent
· Photographic Center NorthWest - Darkroom and Lab Assistant
· Smithsonian American Art Museum – Videoconference preseneter (2017)
· OpenStudios DC – resident artist (2013-2016)
· BFA, Printmaking, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
· Artist Residency, Painting, Virginia Commonwealth University