"I've always been obsessed with film photography and the processes involved with using it, mainly because the medium offers multiple opportunities to experiment, at multiple steps, to create something new. It’s something greater than just a way to “take” a picture, it’s more akin to an alchemical technology for stopping time and recording memories. In a world of digital photos that exist only as ethereal bits, using film feels almost like a supernatural act, because film only exists as an object after it is manifested into reality as a tactile, physical document. Though a good image is a good image regardless if it was made on a digital or analog camera, I have an affection for the dream-like aesthetics of a film photography and I’ve developed my artistic practice around it.
Film feeds my impulse to document the world like a photographer and allows me to reconfigure experiences and memories like an artist. I make film tell more complex stories by cutting and editing multiple images to make new compositions, like a motion picture editor piecing together film clips to create a movie. Cutting, combining and repeating multiple images by hand reveals new narratives. Sometimes the subjects and movements are clearly visible on casual observation, but other times finding the form of the story requires a more meditative view.
The visible presence of the editing and construction is the consistent aesthetic thread in all my work, regardless of the theme or subject. The provenance of the process is visible in the cuts, glue, tape, and the scratches in the film - adding depth to the work that I hope viewers find for themselves in their own unique interpretations.” - David Bellard
David Bellard was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the age of analog everything. Fascinated by film and design, he started exploring these art of photography on analog cameras throughout his high school and university days, and was always more interested in how to manipulate and alter film as a physical material.
Altering and rearranging images led him to a career in graphic design, crisscrossing the United States to work for DreamWorks in Los Angeles and The Cleveland Play House in Ohio, while in his spare time creating art, exhibiting in galleries, and completing a residency at Virginia Commonwealth University. He later spent eight years in Washington DC as a creative director for the global NGO Rare - helping partner agencies around the world design and implement behavior change marketing campaigns. He now lives in Seattle, Washington and works full-time on his print compositions and commissioned projects with art consultants and designers, and his artwork is on display in many corporate collections across the United States and around the world
Bellard's film and video work can be seen at his Vimeo Channel.
EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
• Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA - “Bellingham National 2019 Juried Exhibtion”
• Gallery 110, Seattle WA - “Human/Nature - 8th Annual Juried Show”
• Create Magazine - Feature in Issue 10 (Summer 2018)
• Northwest Film Forum - short film accepted into the 21st Annual Local Sightings Film Festival
• 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
· The Candy Factory
· Davis Construction
· Kinzelman Art Consultants
· “Op-Ed” – Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA – October 2016
· Membership Panel Juror – Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA – March 2017
· 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 to President of TV Animation
· DreamWorks Consumer Products: Production Assistant
· Photographic Center NorthWest - Darkroom and Lab Assistant
· Smithsonian American Art Museum – Videoconference preseneter
· OpenStudios DC – resident artist
· BFA, Printmaking, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
· Artist Residency, Painting, Virginia Commonwealth University