Inspired by the intersection of art, nature, and science, Brooklyn-based artist Dustin Yellin, primarily creates three-dimensional “paintings” that are encased in glass and exhibited all over the world. His signature artistic style is revered both for its tongue-in-cheek social commentary and technical complexity.
His work has been displayed in such storied spaces as the Corning Museum of Glass, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, SCAD Museum of Art, with featured exhibitions on Los Angeles’s Sunset Boulevard and a temporary exhibit in Lincoln Center with the New York City Ballet. Yellin's own Brooklyn studio also serves as a space to display his newly completed pieces, right alongside his current works-in-progress.
Yellin’s work is famed for the thousands of intricate paper and painted elements that are suspended in glass, creating what Yellin describes as “frozen cinema.” Each piece is hand-cut from vintage and modern media alike, including everything from magazines to encyclopedias, and then painstakingly affixed to layers of tempered glass. With each new layer, Yellin and his team build upon the work of the past, just as people accrue memories and history accrues detail. The action unfolds in Yellin Studio, where newly installed Ketra lighting is instrumental in illuminating the delicate work.
Currently, Yellin is directing his creative energy to several upcoming projects, including planning for “The Bridge,” a 1,000-foot tall monument shaped like an oil supertanker. The structure stands on its head to serve as a tourist destination, as well as a stark reminder of the perilous results of global climate change. Building upon his repertoire of ambitious, socially conscious projects, Yellin continues to foster a more connected world through his self-founded nonprofit cultural center, Pioneer Works. Since 2012, he’s worked to bring together innovators from across the arts and sciences, and he isn’t stopping anytime soon.
Whatever comes next for Yellin, there’s no question it will be infused with passion, thought, light, and color—and will be a journey well worth taking.
This project was made possible thanks to Matt Emmi and his team at OneButton, who served as Dustin’s lighting collaborator and ensured his artistic vision was achieved.