Don ~ History ~ of ~ Don Art 30th August 2013
Exploring the art of technology and the technology of art
Don is a 3D artist who uses digital technology as his preferred medium. Don believes technology defines the natural evolution of art. As technology has evolved, so Don’s art has evolved with it. In fact, Don has pioneered five artistic technologies in South Africa, Infra-Red photography, Holography, Stereoscopic Imaging, Laser Graphics, Computer Graphics and VR.
A leading international authority on 3D production and technology since 1976 he is an expert in the art of the third dimension He has several significant milestones to his name in the public and corporate arenas.
He created the Taung Skull hologram with Dr Tobias for the cover of National Geographic Magazine in 1985. In 1991 was commissioned by De Beers to create a hologram of the Centenary diamond the “Mona Laser”, was one of the first holographic portraits in the world.
Don has had many solo exhibitions and publications & collaborated and exhibited with many contemporary artists including Norman Catherine, Richard Smith, Mike Costello, Willem Boshoff, Dylan Lewis, Kendell Geers and Wayne Barker etc.
In 1993 Don had a one man show called "Virtual Haptics" this was a retro and post perspective. The show had more than 10 000 people in 1 week and included, holograms, laser sculpture, photographs, stereo video and virtual reality installations.
2001 a joint exhibition in the Millennium gallery with Willem Boshoff and Andre Munnik.
The Wilderness Exhibition a collaboration with Dylan Lewis the sculptor where they were able to evoke the miracles of life. One show at L'Ormarins and Sandton Convention Centre.
More recently he collaborated with Wayne Barker in a show called Muse Room where they explored the female muse utilizing 3d stereoscopic projections, digital and auto stereoscopic displays and white light holograms.
Don produced and directed the major TV station ID’S for the Australian television industry.
Don’s music video entitled “Killer” for Warner Bros artist Seal. Hailed as one of the most influential music videos of its time, “Killer” soon became an international hit thus turning Seal into a star. With its 3D content, the video also went on to win two British Music Industry gold medals at the 1992 MBI Awards. In fact, the video now features as an exhibit in the Museum of Rock Video in Piccadilly as one of the top ten music videos of that decade.
His work is displayed in many private and public galleries including Elleman House Capetown together with William Kentridge, Urma Stern & many other illustrious artists.
Don continues to explore the art of 3D technology and the technology of 3D art.