David Datuna
Georgian-American, born 1974
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Selected exhibitions
2017
DAVID DATUNA,
Gilles Clement Gallery
2016
LA Art Show 2016,
Contessa Gallery
2014
David Datuna - Elements,
BIRNAM WOOD / GALLERIES

Merging the handcrafted and the technological, the historical and the contemporary, the personal and the universal, mixed-media artist David Datuna creates layered compositions through which he presents social, political, and cultural issues for consideration from multiple viewpoints. Optical lenses are key to his practice. He overlays them in web-like patterns onto images of national flags, global brands, and portraits of famous authors, inventors, and artists of all kinds, composed of collaged photographs, newspaper articles, magazine clippings, and painted passages. As Datuna describes, the lenses, which simultaneously distort and clarify the images, signify the network of individual viewpoints brought to bear on all issues. “The lenses symbolically express individual identity, illusion, perception, fragmentation, and unification,” he says. “The network of positive and negative …

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