Diana Shpungin, “I Especially Love You When You Are Sleeping” (2011)
Art Fag City's Will Brand recently reviewed Diana Shpungin’s current show at Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, “(Untitled) Portrait of Dad,” which pays homage to Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s “Untitled (Portrait of Dad)” candy pile. The choice is an appropriate one given the works’ relationship to death and mourning. Shpungin describes this particular piece on her website:
“I Especially Love You When You Are Sleeping” depicts an orange tree, with most of its leaves fallen, balancing on two severed stacks of newspaper obituaries. The sculpture is based on the gift of a tree that was never planted due to Shpungins’ fathers’ death, the tree itself realizing a similar fate. The sculpture is methodically hand coated in graphite pencil with seemingly endless strokes.