Gallery Openings and Events

WPA Lobby Project: David Bellard

Photo courtesy of WPA.

Photo courtesy of WPA.

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Opening Reception: Thursday, September 17 from 6pm to 8pm

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Nothing is immutable, everything is variable, even a point in time. Humans have found ways to rearrange matter, numbers, cells, memories, and time. We’re not satisfied with the reality of life so we dissect it to understand how it was created, then reassemble it to fit our expectations.

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.

Because a photograph records a particular point in time, collaging it with other photos re-interprets them all into entirely new point in the present. The viewer then creates a new point in time, and a new narrative, proving nothing is immutable, not even the moment.

For the MASSING installation, Bellard photographed the architecture of NoMA by walking its streets and scaling it’s rooftops. He captures these images with large and medium format cameras then uses the transparency film to construct entirely new narratives that are displayed in his vibrant, large-scale prints. With his unique, trademark process he creates visions that embody the life and spirit of NoMA.

About the Artist
David Bellard is a DC-based photographer and artist whose passion is preserving and advancing the art of film photography. Bellard exhibits his photo and print work regularly in DC, Northern Virginia, and around the world. Bellard is the Creative Director for Global Programs at Rare, an environmental/social marketing NGO.

About Lobby Project
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is honored to partner with the NoMa Business Improvement District (NoMa BID) to create the Lobby Project’s changing installation of artwork by outstanding artists. The project is an activation of an office lobby at 1200 First Street NE with a ‘Nerds in NoMa’ speaker series, art, wifi, lectures, and the creation of a new social and professional gathering space. Previous installations have included work by Gabriel Mellan, Amanda Leigh Burnham, Edmond van der Bijl, Fawna Xiao, Anthony Palliparambil, Michael Crossett, and JD Deardourff.

The exhibition is located at 1200 1st St. NE. For more information visit www.wpadc.org/exhibitions/lobby-project-david-bellard.

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