Author Archives: dshpungin

Drawing Of A House (Triptych) daylight

a vacant house is entirely encased by hand in graphite pencil and converted into a community participatory work, massive sculpture and dimensional drawing with multiple hand-drawn window animations that explore narratives related to domestic themes embedded in the historical memory of the space.

Drawing Of A House (Triptych) daylight

a vacant house is entirely encased by hand in graphite pencil and converted into a community participatory work, massive sculpture and dimensional drawing with multiple hand-drawn window animations that explore narratives related to domestic themes embedded in the historical memory of the space.

Drawing Of A House (Triptych) nightfall

a vacant house is entirely encased by hand in graphite pencil and converted into a community participatory work, massive sculpture and dimensional drawing with multiple hand-drawn window animations that explore narratives related to domestic themes embedded in the historical memory of the space.

Drawing Of A House (Triptych) nightfall

a vacant house is entirely encased by hand in graphite pencil and converted into a community participatory work, massive sculpture and dimensional drawing with multiple hand-drawn window animations that explore narratives related to domestic themes embedded in the historical memory of the space.

Reoccurring Tide

the animation depicts an ambiguous ocean beach scene with an elusive dark silhouette getting washed ashore and pulled back out by the tide in an endless cyclical turn of events, only to perpetually exist in a drawing.

Reoccurring Tide

the animation depicts an ambiguous ocean beach scene with an elusive dark silhouette getting washed ashore and pulled back out by the tide in an endless cyclical turn of events, only to perpetually exist in a drawing.

Paper Weight (Win)

a graphite coated piece of drawing paper is crushed by a graphite coated brick and quite aware and celebratory of its failure.

Paper Weight (Win)

a graphite coated piece of drawing paper is crushed by a graphite coated brick and quite aware and celebratory of its failure.

Nothings

nothings, refers to the term as both the standard use meaning as inconsequential conversation, informal exchange of ideas and/or an expression of affection as well as “nothing(s)” as the readily overlooked, its meaning obscured or not immediately obvious.

Nothings

nothings, refers to the term as both the standard use meaning as inconsequential conversation, informal exchange of ideas and/or an expression of affection as well as “nothing(s)” as the readily overlooked, its meaning obscured or not immediately obvious.

A Break In One And Several Places

a graphite coated wooden broom is broken at its base as it sweeps multiple glazed shards of broken and glazed ceramic

A Break In One And Several Places

a graphite coated wooden broom is broken at its base as it sweeps multiple glazed shards of broken and glazed ceramic

A Failure Of Memory

a woven trashcan and sheets of paper are methodically encased in graphite pencil, this drawing action conceals what may have been originally discernible.

A Failure Of Memory

a woven trashcan and sheets of paper are methodically encased in graphite pencil, this drawing action conceals what may have been originally discernible.

After Thought

a dried dead rose, bound in medical tape and hand coated completely in graphite pencil is unceremoniously attached to the wall with medical tape as a ghostly memento of a fractured memory.

After Thought

a dried dead rose, bound in medical tape and hand coated completely in graphite pencil is unceremoniously attached to the wall with medical tape as a ghostly memento of a fractured memory.

A Draft (For Felix)

a minimal hand drawn rendering depicts curtain fabric blowing gently in the wind in a meditative exercise referencing and as homage to the late Cuban American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

A Draft (For Felix)

a minimal hand drawn rendering depicts curtain fabric blowing gently in the wind in a meditative exercise referencing and as homage to the late Cuban American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Without You I Am Nothing

american currency is meticulously covered in graphite pencil and torn into pieces, putting into question its prescribed value

Without You I Am Nothing

american currency is meticulously covered in graphite pencil and torn into pieces, putting into question its prescribed value

The Light In The Dark (The Optimist)

a hand drawn animation where drawing paper is covered heavily with graphite pencil then illuminated to reveal the light within the dark void.

The Light In The Dark (The Optimist)

a hand drawn animation where drawing paper is covered heavily with graphite pencil then illuminated to reveal the light within the dark void.

A Smudge May Well Be An Apparition

many hazy stain-like graphite drawings compile an animation revealing obscure imagery, encompassing the common human phenomenon of pareidolia to see things when they perhaps are/aren’t there.

A Smudge May Well Be An Apparition

many hazy stain-like graphite drawings compile an animation revealing obscure imagery, encompassing the common human phenomenon of pareidolia to see things when they perhaps are/aren’t there.

Memory Of A Failure

sheets of paper are coated in graphite pencil and crumpled up, creating a permanent mark of failure

Memory Of A Failure

sheets of paper are coated in graphite pencil and crumpled up, creating a permanent mark of failure

The Vanishing Point

what may at first seem mysterious, ominous, or even paranormal in this hand drawn animation, becomes more rooted in a self-reflexive absurdity.

The Vanishing Point

what may at first seem mysterious, ominous, or even paranormal in this hand drawn animation, becomes more rooted in a self-reflexive absurdity.

A Million To One (For Blue Velvet)

a hand drawn animation referring to our general diminutive position on earth and how things are not quite as they often seem on the surface.

A Million To One (For Blue Velvet)

a hand drawn animation referring to our general diminutive position on earth and how things are not quite as they often seem on the surface.

A Severed Limb Persuaded To Return

a hand drawn animation conveying ideas to nurture and injure as well as an uncanny supernatural act of redemption.

A Severed Limb Persuaded To Return

a hand drawn animation conveying ideas to nurture and injure as well as an uncanny supernatural act of redemption.

The Dust In The Light (The Pessimist)

a delicate abstract animation reveals a skeptical vantage point and thoughts of pessimism in an otherwise ethereal luminous space.

The Dust In The Light (The Pessimist)

a delicate abstract animation reveals a skeptical vantage point and thoughts of pessimism in an otherwise ethereal luminous space.

Chronicle Of A Now Empty Space

a minimal ambiguous narrative points to ideas of the domestic transitional space, hinting at the myriad of possibilities that a dwelling can inhabit.

Chronicle Of A Now Empty Space

a minimal ambiguous narrative points to ideas of the domestic transitional space, hinting at the myriad of possibilities that a dwelling can inhabit.

Knowing How To Break Glass Quietly (The Ascetic)

an animation with relatively sparse occurrence, relays solitary themes of existence and an unspoken secret knowledge.

Knowing How To Break Glass Quietly (The Ascetic)

an animation with relatively sparse occurrence, relays solitary themes of existence and an unspoken secret knowledge.

Amendment Of Unmended Mending

an injured beach chair is coated in graphite pencil and woven/unwoven with medical tape in order to heal its own wounds

Amendment Of Unmended Mending

an injured beach chair is coated in graphite pencil and woven/unwoven with medical tape in order to heal its own wounds

Above And Below

a mixed media drywall shelf based on a family superstition; a dozen flowers are only for the dead

Above And Below

a mixed media drywall shelf based on a family superstition; a dozen flowers are only for the dead

Ghost Limb (Fly)

a fly sits on a broken tree limb coated in graphite pencil and plaster gauze, a drawing of the phantom limb accompanies it

Ghost Limb (Fly)

a fly sits on a broken tree limb coated in graphite pencil and plaster gauze, a drawing of the phantom limb accompanies it

Proving A Stranger Wrong

a three channel video that functions as an elaborate exercise in fate tempting

Proving A Stranger Wrong

a three channel video that functions as an elaborate exercise in fate tempting

Past Is Present (And Future)

three graphite coated roses act as markers in a book permanently bound in medical tape

Past Is Present (And Future)

three graphite coated roses act as markers in a book permanently bound in medical tape

Ghost Limb (Split)

a drawing remembers the missing part of a graphite encased and bandaged birch tree limb

Ghost Limb (Split)

a drawing remembers the missing part of a graphite encased and bandaged birch tree limb

Broken In (And Out)

a wicker chair once used to sit and draw in breaks and is turned into a drawing itself, left in a permanent state of being simultaneously fixed and broken

Broken In (And Out)

a wicker chair once used to sit and draw in breaks and is turned into a drawing itself, left in a permanent state of being simultaneously fixed and broken

I Can’t Hear The Ocean

a shelf is made of drywall, sponges and mixed materials alluding to domesticity and the presence of the sea

I Can’t Hear The Ocean

a shelf is made of drywall, sponges and mixed materials alluding to domesticity and the presence of the sea

The Size Of A Will

a participatory totem sculpture consisting of marble, concrete, stone, plaster and drawings

The Size Of A Will

a participatory totem sculpture consisting of marble, concrete, stone, plaster and drawings

Without Legs No One Is Leaving

a graphite pencil coated chair is broken, bandaged and left stranded

Without Legs No One Is Leaving

a graphite pencil coated chair is broken, bandaged and left stranded

Long Term Memory

a graphite covered rose is unceremoniously hung upside down with medical tape

Long Term Memory

a graphite covered rose is unceremoniously hung upside down with medical tape

Figure And Ground

a hand-drawn animation that acts as abstraction, still life, figuration and landscape while self-reflecting on the action of drawing itself

Figure And Ground

a hand-drawn animation that acts as abstraction, still life, figuration and landscape while self-reflecting on the action of drawing itself

Disappearing Act

a hand-drawn animation recreated from memory and functioning as a metaphorical frame for memory itself

Disappearing Act

a hand-drawn animation recreated from memory and functioning as a metaphorical frame for memory itself

From The End Of The Earth To Bring You My Love

a dual-channel video that films the precise scientific points of sunset and sunrise at the exact same moments half way around the globe

From The End Of The Earth To Bring You My Love

a dual-channel video that films the precise scientific points of sunset and sunrise at the exact same moments half way around the globe

Shadow Of A Shadow / Shade Of A Shade

palm trees are seen as either a reflection or as a buried premonition of their eventual demise

Shadow Of A Shadow / Shade Of A Shade

palm trees are seen as either a reflection or as a buried premonition of their eventual demise

Short Term Memory

a rose encased in graphite hangs on the wall by way of medical tape, in a unmonumental gesture of remembrance

Short Term Memory

a rose encased in graphite hangs on the wall by way of medical tape, in a unmonumental gesture of remembrance

(Untitled) Portrait Of Dad

an exhibition that explored themes of mortality, memory, loss and the public/private notion of mourning and recollection.

(Untitled) Portrait Of Dad

an exhibition that explored themes of mortality, memory, loss and the public/private notion of mourning and recollection.

I Especially Love You When You Are Sleeping

a graphite coated citrus sapling is placed on crosscut newspaper obituaries for viewing

I Especially Love You When You Are Sleeping

a graphite coated citrus sapling is placed on crosscut newspaper obituaries for viewing

A Fixed Space Reserved For The Haunting

a stack of censored and bandaged newspaper obituaries and a severed pencil covered chair symbolize a practiced family superstition for safe return

A Fixed Space Reserved For The Haunting

a stack of censored and bandaged newspaper obituaries and a severed pencil covered chair symbolize a practiced family superstition for safe return

1664 Sundays

a participatory sculpture consisting of a simple but symbolic family recipe and one ton of potatoes there for the audiences taking

1664 Sundays

a participatory sculpture consisting of a simple but symbolic family recipe and one ton of potatoes there for the audiences taking

Ghost Retransplantation

a single-channel video projection that entertains supernatural and metaphysical ideas; transporting the entities through architecture.

Ghost Retransplantation

a single-channel video projection that entertains supernatural and metaphysical ideas; transporting the entities through architecture.

Endless Ocean

this hand-drawn animation based on a family photograph of the artists’ father plays with ideas of beauty, joy, humor, sadism, mortality and the need to capture and/or control nature

Endless Ocean

this hand-drawn animation based on a family photograph of the artists’ father plays with ideas of beauty, joy, humor, sadism, mortality and the need to capture and/or control nature

Under Taken

a mixed media sculptural drawing work that captures ideas of physical, emotional and metaphysical distance.

Under Taken

a mixed media sculptural drawing work that captures ideas of physical, emotional and metaphysical distance.

His View

a hand-drawn animation that depicts the view from the artist’s father’s gravestone and meditates on ideas of honor and resentment

His View

a hand-drawn animation that depicts the view from the artist’s father’s gravestone and meditates on ideas of honor and resentment

Apprentice Progression Methodology

a mixed media drawing depicting the “rosetta stone” of the artist’s practice and specific form of apprenticeship

Apprentice Progression Methodology

a mixed media drawing depicting the “rosetta stone” of the artist’s practice and specific form of apprenticeship

Finis Coronot Opus

this minimal casket silhouette is coated in three hundred rubbings from the artists fathers grave marker stating in latin “the ending crowns the work” and reflecting on the practice of art-making itself

Finis Coronot Opus

this minimal casket silhouette is coated in three hundred rubbings from the artists fathers grave marker stating in latin “the ending crowns the work” and reflecting on the practice of art-making itself

You Will Remember This

a hand-drawn animation depicting the artist’s father telling a story of black market culture and survival in the USSR

You Will Remember This

a hand-drawn animation depicting the artist’s father telling a story of black market culture and survival in the USSR

Until It No Longer

a hand-drawn animation depicting numerous drawings of the artist’s father in an open casket and functioning as an excersise in unsuccessfully animating the inanimate.

Until It No Longer

a hand-drawn animation depicting numerous drawings of the artist’s father in an open casket and functioning as an excersise in unsuccessfully animating the inanimate.

Repaired Limbs

graphite pencil and medical tape is used to depict repaired tree, furniture and human limbs.

Repaired Limbs

graphite pencil and medical tape is used to depict repaired tree, furniture and human limbs.

Knowing You Could Tear My Heart Out (Before And After)

drawings of the artist’s father after he performed Latvia’s first open heart surgery function as odd psychological and ghostly archives

Knowing You Could Tear My Heart Out (Before And After)

drawings of the artist’s father after he performed Latvia’s first open heart surgery function as odd psychological and ghostly archives

You And Me, When We Were Together

graphite pencil coated silhouettes depict people the artist is (or once was) close to

You And Me, When We Were Together

graphite pencil coated silhouettes depict people the artist is (or once was) close to