Dustin Yellin

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Dustin Yellin
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Dustin Yellin
BornJuly 22, 1975
Los Angeles, California, USA
Known forContemporary Art
AwardsHonorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the Savannah College of Art and Design

Dustin Yellin (born July 22, 1975 in Los Angeles, California) is a contemporary artist living in Brooklyn, New York.[1] He is known for his work in which the artist embeds "hundreds of little pictures, drawings and images clipped out of magazines, art books and the like[2]" to form complex and intricate tableaux in miniature, which the critic, Gilda Williams, writing in Artforum, noted provides viewers "the ability to occupy a divine vantage point while enjoying an overwhelming sense of discovery and wonder[3]". These works, which the artist refers to as "Frozen Cinema[4]", have been featured at such notable sites as New York's Lincoln Center,[5] the Kennedy Center[6] in Washington D.C as well as at the Brooklyn Museum, where Yellin's work is part of the permanent collection.[7] Yellin has likewise participated in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Artist Project.[8] According to Andrew Durbin, "Yellin has formalized the central task of art—to archive: feelings, objects, events, selves—in his large glass blocks, recalling in their extreme hermeneutical diversity (forms within forms within forms, images within images within images) both as a past in which the representation of the human form was art's most recognizable enterprise and a future in which that enterprise is deeply complicated by the fact that the human form has been shredded, reformatted, revised, and redesigned, made precarious and permeable by technological and ecological shifts.[9]"

In parallel to his studio, Yellin is the Founder and President[10] of Pioneer Works (PW), a non-profit cultural center in Red Hook, Brooklyn, that "builds community through the arts and sciences to create an open and inspired world[11]". This "cultural hub and classroom, museum, studio, concert venue, rentable event space and more—spread across 24,000 square feet, three sweeping floors and a 20,000 square-foot garden[12]" was established as a 501c3 nonprofit in 2012.[13] In reference to PW, Beth Comstock, former vice chair of General Electric said, “I watch incubators in Silicon Valley and all around the world. Pioneer Works is leading the way. It’s a great community to keep plugged into.[14] This "incubator where painters rub elbows with physicists[15]" often collaborates with the likes of Google,[16] and "features influential, Nobel Prize–winning scientists discussing some of science’s great answered questions[17]" next to art exhibitions, such as PÒTOPRENS[18], a survey of Haitian art which displayed "numerous monumental figurative sculptures in Pioneer Work’s yawning main space — a vibrant carnivalesque antidote to the classical sculpture courts of western museums[19]".

Extending beyond his aforementioned twinned practices, Yellin is currently "embarking on what might be the most ambitious and symbolically significant sculpture in history[20]". Entitled The Bridge, the work "aims to repurpose a tool of global energy production to influence conservation policy[21]" by inverting, and anchoring a 1,000 foot long oil supertanker vertically in a harbor "with the stern pointed at the sky to remind people of the need for humanity to end the fossil fuel era as quickly as possible.[22] This "ready-made artwork, complete with elevators and a viewing platform for visitors, capturing the sheer scale of our energy system[23]" is currently being developed with "architect Bjarke Ingels and Arup, the design and engineering firm[24]".

Selected Solo Exhibitions[edit]

  • 2017 10 Parts, GRIMM Gallery, Amsterdam
  • 2015 Psychogeographies (Permanent Public Art Commission), 6121 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California
  • 2015 Psychogeographies New York City Ballet Art Series, New York City Ballet Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York & The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC.
  • 2015 The Triptych, Sotheby's S|2 Gallery, New York
  • 2015 Selv ab twact hums, The Fireplace Project, New York
  • 2014 $50,000, Two Parachutes, and A Crab's Suit, Richard Heller Gallery, California
  • 2014 The Triptych, Savannah College of Art and Design Museum, Georgia
  • 2013 Investigations of a Dog Half Gallery, March 20—April 22, 2012
  • 2011 Osiris on the Table 20 Hoxton Square Projects, February – March 2011
  • 2010 Nightshades Independent Ideas Studio, October 19–30, 2010
  • 2010 Eden Disorder Samuel Freeman Gallery, March- April 2010
  • 2009 Dust in the Brain Attic Robert Miller Gallery, April – July 2009
  • 2008 Unnatural Selections Patricia Faure Gallery, January – March 2008
  • 2008 Permutations Haines Gallery, January – February 2008
  • 2007 Suspended Animations Robert Miller Gallery, May – August 2007
  • 2005 Dustin Yellin Robert Miller Gallery, New York, January – February 2005
  • 2002 Previous Works James Fuentes Project Space, New York, May 2002

Selected Group Exhibitions[edit]

  • 2019 Apma, Chapter 1 - From the Apma Collection, Amorepacific Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2019 New Glass Now, The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
  • 2019 Glasstress, Fondazione Berengo, Venice, Italy
  • 2018 HÍBRIDOS: El Cuerpo Como Imaginario, Museo Del Palacio de Bellas Artes, México City
  • 2018 Immigrant Artists and the American West, Tacoma Museum of Art, Tacoma, WA
  • 2018 Natural Wonders: The Sublime in Contemporary Art, Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA
  • 2018 Scale: Possibilities of Perspective, The Children's Museum of the Arts, New York
  • 2017 Glasstress, Fondazione Berengo, Venice, Italy
  • 2017 Singular Object, 53W53 Gallery, New York
  • 2016 Group Exhibition 10th Anniversary Show, James Fuentes, New York
  • 2016 I, Cyborg, Gazelli Art House, London
  • 2015 Diverse Works: Director's Choice, 1997–2015, Brooklyn Museum, New York
  • 2015 Behold! The Blob, Richard Heller Gallery, California
  • 2014 Hot Chicks, The Hole, New York
  • 2014 Environmental Impact, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, California
  • 2013 Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year One, curated by Phong Bui at Industry City, Brooklyn
  • 2013 Jew York, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York
  • 2012 Brucennial 2012 “Harderer. Betterer. Fasterer. Stronger.”, Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York
  • 2010 Conversations II, Travesía Cuatro Gallery, Madrid
  • 2009 One From Here, Guild & Greyshkul, New York
  • 2009 Without Walls, Museum 52, New York
  • 2009 Among the Trees, New Jersey Center of Visual Arts, Summit, NJ
  • 2008 Geometry As Image, Robert Miller Gallery, New York
  • 2007 Conversations I, Travesía Cuatro, Madrid
  • 2006 Earth and Other Things: Dustin Yellin and Johanna St. Clair, Lincart, San Francisco
  • 2006 Black and Blue, Robert Miller Gallery, New York
  • 2005 Landings, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York
  • 2005 First Annual Watercolor Show: Ten Times the Space Between Night and Day, Guild & Greyshkul Gallery, New York
  • 2005 Nostalgia, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY


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  20. ^ "Breakingviews - Cox: Imagine the end of the oil supertanker era". Reuters. May 17, 2019. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
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  22. ^ "Repurposing Old Oil Tankers As Renewable Energy Hubs". CleanTechnica. July 2, 2019. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  23. ^ "Bloomberg - Are you a robot?". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
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