New York City’s David Datuna’s “Viewpoints of Millions” – Preview Exhibition

by Daniel Haim

We had the pleasure of attending the preview exhibition of New York based artist David Datuna’s: ‘Viewpoints of Millions’ at the Westwood Gallery last night, showcasing David’s new work which includes his traditional flags, built with millions of stories within them, wrapped in frames that turns into an “optical illusion” like my good friend Adrian Wilson said it, do you get it?

“A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.” – Michelangelo

David’s work explores cultural and political and now a new series of fashion logos for the luxury brands Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Versace. While observing the Chanel piece, I wondered whether Karl Lagerfeld had seen it. I had the pleasure of exchanging a few words with the artist who confirmed that “the artwork was made for him, he loved it”.

Every piece by Datuna tells a long story, I had dived into the Versace piece one in specific, telling many stories of the Versace family, to interviews and quotes viewed through hundreds of frames. It’s extraordinary and it’s fun to look at, which makes it much more interesting because I really don’t like when art is boring, something Datuna’s is surely not.

Datuna plays on the significance of personal eyeglasses as a unique point f view, assembling lenses of varying magnifications to illuminate the underlying images. From a distance, the flag can be seen as a kaleidoscopic image that unifies the whole as a patriotic symbol; on a close inspection the viewer can discern “collaged” newspapers with headlines from culture to pop culture to political, as well as images of celebrities like Muhammad Ali to Madonna.

During the Los Angeles Art Show (January, 2011) David showcased the performance of “Chaotic Past”, (which can be viewed here). The art installation, as explained in it’s title is a chaotic kitchen that looks as if there has been a war. A similar installation was recently purchased by MoMA Moscow.