[lead]It’s official.Â I’ve been away from New York too long.[/lead] HOW COULD I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS GUY???
Well, I didn’t and I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to see his work. But see it I did, finally, atÂ the Kennedy Center. These works, part of a larger work calledÂ Psychogeographies andÂ originallyÂ commissioned by the New York City Ballet,Â resided for a month in the Hall of States at the Center. The sculptures are collages/paintings are representations of dancers, all done on thick sheets of glassÂ and then pressed together.
They bring to mindÂ large, anatomicalÂ microscope slides, but with light passing through on all sides making them shimmer. From a distance,Â the dancer’s gesture is the focus, then one becomesÂ lost in each individual clippingÂ and paint splash. A cat becomes a toe, a receipt, part of a torso. Pretty to look at, sure.Â Astounding technique, yep. ButÂ there’s something more thereâ€”the iconographyÂ of experiences that make up anÂ individual. (Here is a shot of the sculpturesÂ full-figured, from the artist’s instagram feed.)
I make window sandwiches. â€“ Dustin Yellin
Despite their heft (3000 lbs. each) these works are so popular, I’m sure they will travel frequently. And now that I know about Yellin, I’ll follow too.
[highlight]Why he’s My New Imaginary Boyfriend[/highlight]Â He bought a space for art and performance, Pioneer Works.Â He edits a magazine calledÂ Intercourse.Â He shredded $10,000 to make 8 works whose sales will benefit high school artists. Sure, he can spout the b.s. (what artist can’t?). Sure he dates movie stars (you would too if you could). But like his art, the whole is greater than the sum of his parts.