"David Datuna: Emblem and Image" Recent Works Exhibition at Birnam Wood Galleries New Gallery Space in Chelsea; October 4th through November 3rd, 2012

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Birnam Wood Galleries is pleased to announce the opening of our new gallery space at 514 West 24th Street in Chelsea. The gallery will present a full exhibition schedule of Contemporary and Post-War Modernism. Our first exhibition will be a solo exhibition of the work of David Datuna opening on October 4th.

Birnam Wood Galleries is pleased to present David Datuna: Emblem and Image, an exhibition of the artist’s recent works opening on October 4th and running through November 3rd. An opening reception for the artist will be held on the evening of October 4th from 6-8:30 pm.

The exhibition will include several works from Datuna’s distinctive flag series in which the Stars and Stripes are distilled to a dialogue on culture and identity. The artist’s signature cascading lenses magnify and illuminate elements of American popular culture and history through a prism of graceful forms. Originally from the Republic of Georgia, Datuna offers us a distinct viewpoint on national identity: a view from within and without. It is the perspective of a visitor or keen-eyed guest in a long tradition of discerning foreign observers of America that goes back to de Toqueville.

Like Jasper Johns and other Pop artists before him, Datuna re-imagines our most potent national symbols as art and artifact. His work is a melting pot made visual. In scanning the overall image, the viewer is enticed to focus on contrasting elements as each lens creates a screen shot of individual words or images within the whole. And rather than hewing to literal translation of shape and color, some of Datuna's flags appear as minimalist renderings in shades of white or black, or as virtual pools on the ground.

Running throughout the final month of the election season, the show also features a portrait of President Barack Obama that traces the arc of African-American political and social experience over 150 years. The portrait, done in collaboration with photographer Alex Guofeng Cao, is comprised of tiny images of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.

David Datuna now lives and works in Brooklyn. His work has been exhibited extensively, including shows in Europe, Russia, China and the United States. This is the sixth solo exhibition of his work and the second solo show in New York. In February 2012, his portrait of supermodel Natalia Vodianova led the sales at a benefit auction in Moscow for the Naked Heart Foundation.

Birnam Wood Galleries. 514 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10011.Tel: (212) 242-2270
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm or by appointment.

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