David Scott Kessler

David Scott Kessler is a visual artist and filmmaker living in Philadelphia. His practice fluctuates fluidly between digital 3D animation, illustration, and documentary film. His background in painting is combined with a fascination with sense of place to create works that explore memory, folklore, and our current relationship with the natural world. Through evolving film and live musical collaborations, his decade-long project, The Pine Barrens, explores America’s most densely populated state’s surreal and often contradictory natural landscape. David has presented films and installations at the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, Summerhall Edinburgh, The James A. Michener Museum, International House Philadelphia, Rooftop Film Festival, and Delaware Contemporary. In 2016, David founded the landscape-based arts and music festival, Middle of Nowhere, in the New Jersey Pinelands.He was named a Pew Center for Arts and Heritage Fellow and a Flaherty Film Seminar Fellow in 2015.