DAVID BELLARD

WASHINGTON DC: LOBBY PROJECT

 

 WASHINGTON DC: LOBBY PROJECT

In 2015 I was commissioned by the Washington Project for the Arts to participate in their ongoing LOBBY PROJECT to bring art to various corporate sites across the city. For my installation, I wanted to photograph the emerging commercial district in the Northeast part of the city, called NoMa (North of Massachusetts Ave) and apply my Cinema Edit style to the vistas. I was given access to all the rooftops of the buildings in the area and photographed the city from this vantage point (as well as street level) on my medium format film cameras.

Installed view of David Bellard’s “CITY PORTRAITS/MASSING” pieces in WPA’s Lobby Project in Washington DC, September 2015.

Installed view of David Bellard’s “CITY PORTRAITS/MASSING” pieces in WPA’s Lobby Project in Washington DC, September 2015.

I shot over 30 rolls of 120 transparency film from which I created approximately 17 film compositions for the WPA, and ultimately printed and acrylic mounted eight of the pieces. There were two series that came from these compositions, the series below titled “CITY PORTRAITS” and the “MASSING” series. The installation was on view in NoMa from September to December 2015.

WASHINGTON DC: CITY PORTRAIT 1,   ACRYLIC MOUNTED PRINT FROM TRANSPARENCY FILM -  24”x 66”  - 2015

WASHINGTON DC: CITY PORTRAIT 1, ACRYLIC MOUNTED PRINT FROM TRANSPARENCY FILM - 24”x 66” - 2015

 
WASHINGTON DC: CITY PORTRAIT 2,   ACRYLIC MOUNTED PRINT FROM TRANSPARENCY FILM -  24”x 66”  - 2015

WASHINGTON DC: CITY PORTRAIT 2, ACRYLIC MOUNTED PRINT FROM TRANSPARENCY FILM - 24”x 66” - 2015

Bellard likes to rearrange reality through film photography, specifically the immediate visibility of transparent film, whether taking still photos or motion pictures. He learned the language of storytelling by cutting and splicing motion picture film, and now applies that same language to his still photographs, which he cuts and edits to construct new narratives.
— From WPA press release for MASSING
BELLARD WITH CAMERA, WASHINGTON DC, 2015

BELLARD WITH CAMERA, WASHINGTON DC, 2015

WASHINGTON DC: CITY PORTRAIT 5,   ACRYLIC MOUNTED PRINT FROM TRANSPARENCY FILM -  24”x 66”  - 2015

WASHINGTON DC: CITY PORTRAIT 5, ACRYLIC MOUNTED PRINT FROM TRANSPARENCY FILM - 24”x 66” - 2015

 
 
WASHINGTON DC: CITY PORTRAIT 6,   ACRYLIC MOUNTED PRINT FROM TRANSPARENCY FILM -  24”x 63”  - 2015

WASHINGTON DC: CITY PORTRAIT 6, ACRYLIC MOUNTED PRINT FROM TRANSPARENCY FILM - 24”x 63” - 2015

 
WASHINGTON DC: CITY PORTRAIT 8,   ACRYLIC MOUNTED PRINT FROM TRANSPARENCY FILM -  24”x 68”  - 2015

WASHINGTON DC: CITY PORTRAIT 8, ACRYLIC MOUNTED PRINT FROM TRANSPARENCY FILM - 24”x 68” - 2015

 
WASHINGTON DC: CITY PORTRAIT 9,   ACRYLIC MOUNTED PRINT FROM TRANSPARENCY FILM -  24”x 70”  - 2015

WASHINGTON DC: CITY PORTRAIT 9, ACRYLIC MOUNTED PRINT FROM TRANSPARENCY FILM - 24”x 70” - 2015

WASHINGTON DC: CITY PORTRAIT 3,   ACRYLIC MOUNTED PRINT FROM TRANSPARENCY FILM -  24”x 73”  - 2015

WASHINGTON DC: CITY PORTRAIT 3, ACRYLIC MOUNTED PRINT FROM TRANSPARENCY FILM - 24”x 73” - 2015

I wanted to capture the vibrancy, diversity and color of the emerging neighborhood from all vantages, and I attempted to construct a new visual narrative that gives voice to a city in transition. 
— Massing installation artist statement
 
WASHINGTON DC: CITY PORTRAIT 4   ACRYLIC MOUNTED PRINT FROM TRANSPARENCY FILM -  24”x 66”  - 2015

WASHINGTON DC: CITY PORTRAIT 4 ACRYLIC MOUNTED PRINT FROM TRANSPARENCY FILM - 24”x 66” - 2015

 
WASHINGTON DC: CITY PORTRAIT 10,   ACRYLIC MOUNTED PRINT FROM TRANSPARENCY FILM -  24”x 66”  - 2015

WASHINGTON DC: CITY PORTRAIT 10, ACRYLIC MOUNTED PRINT FROM TRANSPARENCY FILM - 24”x 66” - 2015

 
WASHINGTON DC: CITY PORTRAIT 7,   ACRYLIC MOUNTED PRINT FROM TRANSPARENCY FILM -  24”x 63”  - 2015

WASHINGTON DC: CITY PORTRAIT 7, ACRYLIC MOUNTED PRINT FROM TRANSPARENCY FILM - 24”x 63” - 2015