I am an installation artist. I live in Guiseley, West Yorkshire and graduated, with an MA in Visual Arts, from Bradford School of Arts and Media, in 2012. My work, which centres on a passion for the cinema, is an analysis and deconstruction of the forms and structures of filmic representation within the modern film theatre. My central area of concern is the notion of film as sculpture. Cinema has such a profound effect on me that, at times, I sense that I can physically feel the materiality of the world represented on screen. From such 'physical' encounters, my work takes the form of site specific installations that use sculpture to translate the immaterial, in the cinematic sense, into the material. Recent exhibitions include Memoria: Memories of Light, Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, Leeds (2015), selected as part of a national competition for a New Opportunities Award as part of New Expressions 3, funded by Arts Council England; MA21, Bradford School of Arts and Media, MA Visual Arts group show, the Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax (2014); Three Floating Forms, The Church of St John the Evangelist, Leeds (2013), commissioned for Light Night Leeds, funded by Leeds City Council and Leeds Inspired.
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DAVID BRIDGES artist CV
I am a full-time artist working in the fields of sculpture, film and installation. I am aged 56 and live in Guiseley in Leeds and have a studio based at the East Street Arts spaces in Saltaire. My practice centres on the notion of film as sculpture. Before becoming an artist in 2007 I was the founding creative partner of a large, successful business presentation company based in Manchester called Reflex Communications. Since then I studied fine art at Bradford School of Arts & Media, graduating with a First in 2010. I then completed the MA in Visual Arts at the same school graduating in 2012 with a Distinction. I now spend my time seeking unusual and challenging places and spaces in which to develop and install ‘cinematic’ installations that utilise old and modern projection technologies. I also produce light sculptures using porcelain, light and engineered internal armatures.
Memoria July - October 2015
Memoria: Memories of Light was a series of illuminated porcelain sculptural works devised and shown in the rooms, spaces and outbuildings of Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills. The work was based on the living memories of former mill workers. The project, which was produced in collaboration with the staff and curators at the museum, was one of only six artist-led museum interventions to win national funding selected in open competition. The funding, which was awarded through a network of regional arts organisations under the umbrella of New Expressions 3, was made available by Arts Council England. There were four sculptures in the series entitled, Waves, Aerial, Wing and Gleam. The works, which were made from porcelain and lit from within, were situated in beautiful, atmospheric spaces around the museum.
Light Night Leeds October 2013
This project, which was made specifically for the festival, was a site-specific installation entitled Three Floating Forms. The work, which was installed in The Church of St John the Evangelist, comprised of a triptych of suspended sculptural forms, video projection and light. Projected onto the sculptures were films of circus aerialists performing with the trapeze, aerial silks and the aerial hoop. The basis of the piece was that the performer was almost entirely removed from the films. This left visible only their bodily movement translated into a ‘choreography’ of the apparatus they were using. What the films depicted was the behaviour of the materials with which the aerialist works and which could be seen in the flow of silk, moving ropes and the rotational movement of the hoop around their form. The sculptures, which appeared to float in the air, suggested the human shape. The films were projected down onto each piece from above. Each work comprised of two sheets of silvered Perspex - a flat, horizontal plane carried the projected image whilst an intersecting vertical column underneath carried it in the form of light. The result was that the moving imagery simultaneously existed as both film and in real space as sculptural form.
MA21 September - October 2014
Group show celebrating 21 years of the MA at Bradford School of Arts and Media. A comprehensive exhibition of work by past and present MA students. The show took place at Dean Clough Galleries in Halifax.
MA Visual Arts show September 2012
I exhibited an installation for my end of course MA Show at Bradford School of Arts & Media in the Viaduct Theatre at Dean Clough. The installation, a film work in sculptural form, was comprised entirely of stills projected onto screens located at various positions within the theatre. The work involved 10 Kodak 35mm carousel slide projectors and timers. The work featured a simple action of a stone being cast across a river. This action, captured onto 35mm slide film, was re-mapped from it’s original location and in the same scale into the space of the theatre.
Contributor to the publication, Memoria: Histories, Memories, Representations, edited by Wendy Frith, produced as a companion piece to the exhibition entitled, Memoria: Memories of Light.
MA in Visual Arts, Bradford School of Arts & Media, 2012
BA (Hons) Fine Art, Bradford School of Arts & Media, 2010
BA (Hons) Graphic Design, City of Leicester Polytechnic, 1979
I have worked as a professional graphic designer in the past. Before forming my own business in 1991, I worked in the audio-visual industry where I learnt the skills of film developing, rostrum camera operation, sound track production and computer-controlled, multi-image slide programming. As the creative partner of Reflex Communications, I developed a broad range of skills ranging from creative direction, design, production management and account management. I also became skilled in the direction and management of large scale teams of designers, writers, filmmakers, and scenic, sound, lighting and video presentation specialists. I now work using digital and analogue technologies in the area of Installation. I work with digital and film-based still cameras and Full HD digital film cameras. I design and produce sound work in association with my work. In addition, I am a skilled ceramicist and regularly work with porcelain and lighting technologies. I work with Final Cut Pro and Photoshop platforms.
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