"I'm a bit obsessed with documenting my environments, particularly in film photographs. I learned photography on film cameras and I never stopped using them, even with the great advances and ease of use digital photography brought. I enjoy the technical process of film photography, as capturing the image and working with the tactile film satisfies my need for process and complication. But the final works, the compositions created from imprecise cut-ups and reordering of pieces, satisfies my desire to experiment and grow.
My prints are enlargements of very small constructions I create by hand from images I shoot in vintage cameras on transparency film. I photograph the same scene many times from slightly different angles, sometimes double-exposing the film, sometimes shooting details up close. I then use four or five of the film images to combine details which create an abstract portrait of that environment. 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 a resolution high enough to be printed very large-scale.
The compositions preserve the artifacts of construction, like the glue, tape, dust, and overlapping pieces, that become a sort of roadmap of the artistic process when viewed on the large scale print. 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