Dustin Yellin is an American visual artist who has been making “boxes”, for most of his life. “Psychogeographies”, a body of work whose creation has spanned over 6 years, is one of Dustin’s that has attracted international attention and praise.
The Brooklyn-based artist Dustin Yellin, finds his inspiration in everything he finds on the street; flowers, leaves, bugs, and even dead rats, which are then composed into three-dimensional collages and sealed behind resin. The artist calls them “paintings-sculptures” for his combined use of drawings, paintings, magazine clippings, and three-dimensional works, weighing 12 tons at their largest.
Yellin’s Psychogeographies appear as dancers frozen in place, perfectly preserved and on display as insects captured in amber. Each one is a an archive of our culture, constructed with the ripped up and discarded media and matter of our time. He then arranges them between sheets of glass that are layered on top of each other.
The latest additions were created for New York City Ballet’s annual Art Series with inspiration from the company’s dancers. One way of looking at it is like laboratory microscope slides with dancers trapped inside, fused with fantasy and imagination. Comprised of 12 humanoid figures made of torn materials like encyclopedias and dictionaries, it is a massive archive of human culture, where each piece functions as “a kind of file in human form,” Yellin says.