About David Datuna
David Datuna’s mixed media sculptures have received critical acclaim on three continents. Merging elements of conceptual and pop art with his graceful signature effect of cascading optical lenses, the artist has created a thoughtful and visionary body of work. The mosaic of lenses creates a provocative metaphor for varying viewpoints and perspectives.
Datuna’s interpretations of familiar imagery conjure an echo of meaning for all of us. He skillfully plays out the constructive element of lenses and glasses. At first glance, they are a graceful surface layer, both sculptural and conceptual. Layered over the top of all his works, they simultaneously glisten and beckon. Their reflective character might form a boundary, but it is the artist’s device to invite inspection. The lenses are the intersection of our relationship with his works. Their prismatic effects render a manual for observation, the artist nudging us to one viewpoint, then another. Each different magnification allows a different point of view toward the same image or subject. In Datuna’s world, the lenses symbolically represent personalities, illusions, perception, fragmentation and finally, unity.
The artist remains an observer, and his thematic elements are elements of shared experience; what he has done is frame the viewer’s experience, at once clarifying and obscuring what we see beyond the image.
A native of the Republic of Georgia, David Datuna now lives and maintains a studio in New York. His work has been exhibited extensively, including shows in Europe, Russia, China and the United States. His recent project, Viewpoint of Billions, shown at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in February drew 23,000 visitors, the largest crowd the museum has seen for a show in more than three decades. Viewpoint of Billions was also the first contemporary artwork to integrate the wearable computer Google Glass, creating a rich interactive experience.
Birnam Wood Galleries has shown his work in solo exhibitions in 2012 and 2014, and as part of a group show in 2013.
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