Diana Shpungin – Drawing of a House (Triptych)

Installation Vote Code: 61224

It starts with a pencil, a fundamental tool universal in its function and familiarity. Diana Shpungin’s Drawing Of A House (Triptych) is a large scale, multi-faceted participatory work consisting of drawing, sculpture and hand drawn video animation, functioning as one over all monumental installation and community project for SiTE:LAB in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County and The City of Grand Rapids. The vacant house is converted into a massive sculpture and three-dimensional drawing by way of it being entirely tediously encased by hand in graphite pencil. While selected windows of the home double as screens, exploring narratives related to the domestic themes embedded in the historical memory of the space, –past, present and future, through ambiguous themes of still life, figuration and abstraction. The (Triptych) in the title of the work refers both to the home’s address (333 Rumsey Street) and to the three loose narratives taking place on the three sides of the home.


Comienza con un lápiz, una herramienta fundamental universal en función y familiaridad.

La obra Drawing Of A House (Triptych) de Diana Shpungin es una obra multidimensional participativa a gran escala que consiste de dibujo, escultura y video animado realizado a mano funcionando como uno solo sobre toda instalación monumental y proyecto comunitario para SiTE:LAB en asociación con Habitat for Humanity del Condado de Kent y la Ciudad de Gran Rapids. La casa vacía se convierte en una enorme escultura y dibujo tridimensional debido a que lentamente y a mano se revestirá completa a lápiz de grafito. Mientras que ciertas ventanas de la casa se usarán como pantallas, explorando narrativas relacionadas con los temas domésticos incrustados en la memoria histórica del espacio: pasado, presente y futuro, a través de temas ambiguos de naturaleza muerta, figuración y abstracción.La palabra Triptych (Tríptico) en el título de la obra se refiere tanto a la dirección de la casa (333 Rumsey Street) y a las tres narrativas sueltas que aparecen en los tres lados de la casa.

Artprize 2015 Seed Grant Recipient Diana Shpungin is a Brooklyn based multi-disciplinary artist who works in drawing, sculpture, installation, hand-drawn animation, video & sound. Born in Latvia’s seaside capital of Riga under Soviet rule, Shpungin immigrated as a small child to the United States where her family settled in New York City. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY and has taught and lectured at numerous universities and art schools. She is currently faculty at Parsons: The New School for Design in New York. Shpungin has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions in both national and international venues including: The Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY; Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL; Futura Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic; Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France; Invisible Exports, New York, NY; Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY. Shpungin’s work has been reviewed in publications such as Artforum, Flash Art, New York Magazine, Art in America, Art Papers, The Village Voice, The New York Times, NY Arts Magazine, Timeout New York, Zing Magazine, Bloomberg, M-The NY Artworld, Timeout London, Connaissance des Arts, Le Monde, Whitehot Magazine, The Boston Globe & Miami Herald among others and she was cited in the introduction of Jerry Saltz’s most recent book “Seeing out Louder”. Shpungin has been awarded residencies with The MacDowell Colony, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, VLA Art and Law, Bronx Museum AIM Program and Islip Carriage House.