Local Artist In Residence
Michael W. Barnard is a documentary and experimental filmmaker, as well as photographer and fine artist. He has made hundreds of films of every genre in locations all over the world, many of which have won awards in various festivals and competitions. His earliest work “Field Films” were experimental pieces, the first of which was inspired by footage he collected on trips throughout the west coast. During the 1980’s, he spent seven years documenting the TM Movement and Maharishi Mhesh Yogi. He also designed, built, and supervised a complete film post-production facility, which included a state-of-the-art 16/35mm Color/B&W motion picture film laboratory.
Barnard received his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts and an MFA from Ft. Wright College. He founded Barnard productions, which later became LightningBolt PIX, a full service digital production and post-production company. His company has produced and posted countless commercials, music videos, documentaries, FX sequences, and feature films for clients such as HBO, Columbia Pictures, Sony, and Warner Bros. In 2011, Michael W. Barnard produced and directing a documentary film about Pennsylvania artist Paul Harryn, showed his feature documentary ’90404 Changing’ at film festivals performing his transcendent, healing guitar music (FieldMusic) at various local venues, as well as showing his large-format art prints made from his coffee table art-book “100 Waves”.
Over the past ten years, Barnard has also been focused on his Photofields, an idea that emerged from assembling and color Xeroxing images taken with throwaway cameras as a child. He began creating large-scale photographic montages from custom prints that were cut, fitted, and mounted together on a sturdy surface. The Lewis Library and Technology Center in Fontana, CA commissioned 12 2’ x 8’ pieces, for which Barnard spent almost a year gathering images in the Fontana area and experimenting with different arrangements.