Dustin Yellin: A journey through the mind of an artist
Dustin Yellin - Sculptor
Acclaimed for his monumental “sculptural paintings,” Dustin Yellin now nurtures voices in the art community with Pioneer Works, his mammoth Brooklyn art center. Full bio
to New York City a while back.
but I'll get into that later.
I was eight years old.
and a fork inside this box in Colorado.
or aliens in 500 years would find this box
our species exchanged ideas,
and I'm still making boxes.
and do all that weird stuff,
and I ripped it up,
of Agnes Martin grid,
and a bee got stuck.
and she's allergic to them,
thinking I could hide it or something.
on the dictionary text.
anything I could find --
finding things my whole life,
and tell stories between these objects.
I can draw in space!
around a dead body at a crime scene.
of invented specimens.
which you can kind of get a sense of.
weird insects and creatures.
drawing on the layers of resin.
starting to have shows and stuff,
I could take my girlfriend for dinner,
with drawings of humans inside the layers.
because the resin was going to kill me.
thinking about it.
then you put another window,
all these windows together
because I could stop using the resin.
which I call "The Triptych."
"[The] Garden of Earthly Delights,"
in the [Museo del] Prado in Spain.
I'll walk you through this piece.
so it's 36 feet of composition.
Jesus and the locusts.
travel between two worlds.
where they're hiding.
are by the lighthouse,
mass suicide into the ocean.
of thousands of elements.
tied up to a battleship.
Waldo; Osama Bin Laden's shelter --
that you can find
and she's spitting oil into one hand
coming out of her other hand.
of the Earth and cosmos in balance.
out of her trunk.
tail that connects "The Triptych."
from the back of the volcano.
in a cycloptic eyeball,
they're like baseball cards of terrorists.
to make 100 of these humans.
or dictionaries or magazines.
in the shape of a human,
of 20, 4, or 12 at a time.
they come together, they divide.
It's taking me years.
a 3,000-pound microscope slide
you can kind of see the beginning.
coming out of his chest,
or whatever it is,
you can kind of see it.
between the two heads.
from this weird statue.
inside the chest cavity.
the solar system is a box.
It's called Pioneer Works.
a museum, a school,
the content we make there into the world;
hitting each other like particles.
you change the world.
and the box that you're living in.
that we're all in this together,
of religion -- doesn't work.
of the same stuff, in the same box.
exchanging that stuff sweetly and nicely,
About the speaker:Dustin Yellin - Sculptor
Acclaimed for his monumental “sculptural paintings,” Dustin Yellin now nurtures voices in the art community with Pioneer Works, his mammoth Brooklyn art center.
Why you should listen
Dustin Yellin’s mesmerizing glass sculptures explode collage into three dimensional forms, and have won him accolades from all over the art world. From early works of layered resin, Yellin’s sculptures increased in size (and weight), culminating in the 12-ton, three-paneled The Triptych.
But Yellin’s most ambitious project may be Pioneer Works, a colossal, 27,000-square-foot artist’s complex and foundation in Red Hook, Brooklyn. With its residencies, workshops and on-site science lab, Pioneer Works cultivates cross-disciplinary experimentation regardless of profit potential.
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