DAVID DATUNA

 

David Datuna

David Datuna is a Georgian-born American artist (b. 1974, Tbilisi) now living in New York. Over the past several years Datuna’s noted series, Viewpoint of Millions, established his signature technique of laying a cascading veil of varying optical lenses over an intricate, multi-dimensional narrative. In December 2013 David Datuna became the first artist in the world to utilize Google Glass in a contemporary work of art with Portrait of America from his Viewpoint of Billions series. Portrait of America debuted during Art Basel 2013 at The New World Symphony, then headed to Lincoln Center in New York City. In February 2014 the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery featured Portrait of America during Presidents' Day weekend, expanding the definition of a 21st Century portrait. David Datuna’s mixed media sculptures have received critical acclaim on three continents for over a decade, merging elements of conceptual and pop art, creating a thoughtful and visionary body of work.

David has continued to press the boundaries of art in exploring how we perceive cultural identity as individuals, social groups, even nations. He explores the meaning and sources of complex cultural identity through a conceptual iconography based on symbols, flags and logos. Lying beneath the undulating surface of eyewear fused together to create a prismatic surface, is a fragmented layer of collaged Images and text harvested from political, cultural and social publications. Datuna's objects stand in witness to the history and powerful status of the celebrated emblems captured, distilled and subsequently reflected back to us for personal re-examination. His artwork pays tribute both to Jasper Johns' series of American flags and to the exploitation of the found object and collage tradition. Yet perhaps more powerfully, it imbues timeless images with new meanings by anchoring them both in the present and in their rich history.

Structurally, the eyeglasses are a symbolic expression of identity, illusion, perception, fragmentation and unification. From a distance the sculptures can be seen as a kaleidoscopic image that unifies the whole as a symbol; on closer inspection the viewer can discern collaged books and newspapers with headlines of political and social culture, along with pop culture images of celebrities, innovators and leaders that dared to be different. The themes provide not opinion, but a roadmap to identity and history, encouraging people to thoughtfully consider, ponder and respect individual viewpoints from unique points of view.

David Datuna exhibits widely in the US, Europe and Asia, and is well represented in important private collections worldwide. Artist website: datuna.com

For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Datuna

 

VIDEOS

Reuters reports on David Datuna at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

http://youtu.be/a2Sj3K_LPMo

 

David Datuna / Viewpoint of Millions: Mr. President Legacy / 2012 / New York City

http://youtu.be/2knrOaj4gF4

 

David Datuna / Viewpoint of Millions: Beyond a Dream / 2012 / New York City

http://vimeo.com/35144254

 

David Datuna / Chaotic Past / 2011 / Los Angeles

http://youtu.be/ejluLRhFUto

 

 

 

 

 

DAVID DATUNA CREATES A NEW VISUAL LANGUAGE WITH HIS

GROUNDBREAKING VIEWPOINT OF BILLIONS SERIES

'Viewpoint of Billions,' is a groundbreaking interactive, social experience that utilizes wearable technology with Google Glass. One of the most important aspects that was paramount to the project was not letting technology get in the way of the art–the technology is meant to work as a high-tech tool of engagement. 'Portrait of America,' the seminal work of David Datuna’s “Viewpoint of Billions” series, is a 12-foot multi-media flag that is the first public installation and artwork in the world to utilize Google Glass. The vision of an artist whose story is akin to the American dream, 'Portrait of America' chronicles the journey of a diverse and great nation through a new visual language.

"It's not about technology, it is about engagement. As artists we have to look at new and creative ways to engage a 21st Century audience, Google Glass is merely a tool to assist with expanding my narrative. I predict new tools like Glass and wearable technology will become part of a growing list of innovative tools for the art world in general to explore, in a variety of ways.  I'm not a technology artist, this is traditional work I have been creating for over a decade. My concept behind including Glass is clear, how do I reach the most diverse and widest possible audience on a large scale to communicate my messages? We are at such an exciting time in our society in a world filled with innovation and access to information. What we all do with this information and innovation will ultimately shape our future in positive or negative ways. The Viewpoint of Billions series explores our past, present and challenges us to create an exciting and rewarding future." David Datuna, Artist

The monumental flag, the first of 10 works in the "Viewpoint of Billions" series, is covered in Datuna's signature style with hundreds of eyeglass lenses. Creating an experiential dialogue through a sculptural veil of optics, the artist uses different magnifications to draw the viewer to the thematic collage inside his work. The prismatic effects invite inspection, while offering a vehicle for observation, and expanding the definition of modern portraiture.

The work is a fascinating exploration of the American spirit and of individuals whose contributions have helped form, guide and define the United States as a culture and a nation. Many of the embedded images include such disparate historical and contemporary figures as George Washington, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., even Lady Gaga. Each resonates, in different ways, with a multi-cultural American audience. Poignant moments revealed within the flag recall generations of innovators who often dared to be different—figures like Vint Cerf, Nicholas Tesla, Steve Jobs, Michael Jackson, Lucille Ball and dozens more.

In a dramatic visual expansion of his conceptual work, Google Glass provides a seamless way for the artist to extend his vision to the viewer through instant access to information and advanced sharing capabilities. Using this Twenty-First Century tool, Datuna's visual language is fused with fragments of collective experience that define much of what is distinct in American culture. The themes provide not opinion, but a roadmap to identity and history, encouraging people to thoughtfully consider, ponder and respect individual viewpoints. The unique technological capabilities of Glass will add another dimension to the traditional pieces the artist has been creating for nearly a decade. 

"It's not just about technology, it's about the thoughtful and deliberate ways that artists can broaden our horizons. When you give a visionary like David Datuna new tools and put a device like Google Glass in the hands of the public - amazing things happen,” said Nik Apostolides, National Portrait Gallery. “That's what a museum like ours is all about: new and creative forms of expression that connect history, biography, and art. Throughout the years, new Americans who come to our shores seeking values like justice and freedom of expression can give us a fresh appreciation of everything that is unique and important about our nation. David is a true pioneer."

 "This was the one of the largest audiences I can remember turning out for a specific artist installation at the National Portrait Gallery in over 30 years" said Amy Henderson, Cultural Historian at the National Portrait Gallery after the exhbition at the Smithsonian in Feburary 2014.

'Portrait of America' will embark on a journey across the United States through 2014. During the installations, the public will be invited to view the artwork with or without Google Glass, and enjoy the immersive experience it offers. Datuna's American flag through its hundreds of optical lenses, will communicate directly with its audience, prompting questions and taking photos through the viewfinder of Glass. For those who opt in, the total experience is recorded though the built-in camera in Glass, and cameras imbedded in the artwork. Images in the artwork, along with your own voice, will trigger videos and interactive experiences that can be seen through the viewfinder of Glass. Guests will have their portraits taken wearing Glass, and the see-you see-me outcomes will be archived by the art and sent out via social media to share with the world. The artwork evolves with each interaction, creating a timeline to share with future generations comparing points of view. Visitors will be able to go to datuna.com to see their digital collage of videos and portraits become a permanent part of the artworks traditional paint and paper collage.

We hope you get a chance to experience Viewpoint of Billions with 'Portrait of America.' 

"Wearables are about to change just about every aspect of life in the near-term future and Glass is the flagship product. David Datuna has been exploring how the technologies of today will take art beyond where it has been. He is the ideal artist-pioneer to incorporate Glass into authentic, inspirational and perhaps controversial works of art," stated Shel Israel, Co-Author with Robert Scoble of The Age of Context.

VIDEO FROM VIEWPOINT OF BILLIONS SEE-YOU-SEE-ME OUTCOME: http://youtu.be/7s8cKbo3tlc

 

DAVID DATUNA, CHANGING THE WAY WE LOOK AT ART:

http://artdaily.com/news/68181/A-12-foot-Google-Glass-activated-American-flag-on-view-President-s-Day-weekend 

 

Contact

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BIRNAM WOOD / GALLERIES

DAVID DATUNA

ELEMENTS

Exhibition: May 1 – June 7, 2014

Reception: Thursday, May 1 – 6pm

 

Birnam Wood Galleries is pleased to announce David Datuna’s solo show titled Elements will run from May 1st through June 7th at the gallery’s Chelsea location in New York.

 

Birnam Wood Galleries/Chelsea

514 West 24th Street

212.242.2270

birnamwoodart.com

Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 6pm 

 

NEXT VIEWPOINT OF BILLIONS EVENT: TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

What: The public is invited to wear Google Glass for the first time with David Datuna's multimedia artwork in his latest 'Viewpoint of Billions' series. Between 8 and 10 devices will be on hand with a team of Google Glass developers to guide the public through their first Glass experience, so everyone should get a chance to try them on.

The 12-foot American flag entitled Portrait of America, the first in a series of ten, was created for this groundbreaking project, and is covered in thousands of optical lenses. In this project Google Glass unlocks the narrative beneath the art and initiates a dialogue with viewer. For those that opt in, the experience will be shared with the world via social media and becomes a permanent part of the art.

Who: The artist is David Datuna. The project was organized and curated by KIWI Arts Group for David Datuna. The applications and technical support are provided by a team of developers from BrickSimple for David Datuna.

Why: To give the public an opportunity to experience the first Google Glass activated contemporary artwork in the world, created by the American artist David Datuna.

Who should attend: All events are open to the public, and free of charge.

When and Where:

 

DECEMBER 3, 2013

'VIEWPOINT OF BILLIONS,' PORTRAIT OF AMERICA

NEW WORLD SYMPHONY, SIME CONFERENCE

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA

 

DECEMBER 4–8, 2013

'VIEWPOINT OF BILLIONS,' PORTRAIT OF AMERICA

MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT, ART BASEL WEEK 2013

MIAMI, FLORIDA

 

DECEMBER 16–18, 2013

'VIEWPOINT OF BILLIONS,' PORTRAIT OF AMERICA

LINCOLN CENTER, DAVID RUBENSTEIN ATRIUM

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

 

FEBRUARY 15–17, 2014

'VIEWPOINT OF BILLIONS,' PORTRAIT OF AMERICA

SMITHSONIAN
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
Eighth and F Streets NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
npg.si.edu
  

DATES AND TIMES
Presidents' Day Weekend
February 15–17
11:30 am–7:00 pm
Free and open to the public


 

 

BIRNAM WOOD / GALLERIES

DAVID DATUNA

ELEMENTS

Exhibition: May 1 – June 7, 2014

Reception: Thursday, May 1 – 6pm

 

Birnam Wood Galleries is pleased to announce David Datuna’s solo show titled Elements will run from May 1st through June 7th at the gallery’s Chelsea location in New York.

 

Taking the measure of identity is fraught with risk for a visual artist.  With this exhibition of new portraits, David Datuna explores that challenge in ways that tell us much about his subjects’ identity, and at the same time, something about ourselves and our shared narrative of history and culture. From Lincoln to Elvis, from Martin Luther King to Andy Warhol, Datuna has chosen figures that allow him to try his hand at decoding the origins of influence. Elements, David Datuna’s eighth solo show is the artist’s first exhibition of new work since his installation Viewpoint of Billions: Portrait of America at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery drew 23,000 visitors, the largest attendance the museum has seen for a show in more than three decades.

 
The subjects of Elements are iconic individuals whose influence resonated in their time. The portraits resonate as well, exploring both the nature of these individuals and how they affected our culture; how we perceive them and in some way, revealing how they perceived the world around them.
 

Birnam Wood Galleries/Chelsea

514 West 24th Street

212.242.2270

birnamwoodart.com

Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 6pm 

KIWI Arts Group presents:

DAVID DATUNA FOR GLASS™

Glass™ is a trademark of Google Inc.

FUTURE EXHIBITION DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

SMITHSONIAN
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

Presidents' Day Weekend 2014

 

"This was the one of the largest audiences I can remember turning out for a specific artist installation at the National Portrait Gallery in over 30 years" said Amy Henderson, Cultural Historian at the National Portrait Gallery. 

 

"We heard visitors this weekend saying that it's not just about technology, it's about the thoughtful and deliberate ways that artists can broaden our horizons. When you give a visionary like David Datuna new tools and put a device like Google Glass in the hands of the public - amazing things happen,” said Nik Apostolides, Associate Director of the National Portrait Gallery. "David is a true pioneer."



 

 

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