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Brooklyn based sculptor Dustin Yellin (previously covered here) has earned acclaim for his monumental figures made of collaged materials inside of glass panels. 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. Inspired by 19th century taxonomic art, Yellin’s work focuses on otherworldly mutations of living things, especially plants and insects. His recently completed “Psychogeographies” took Yellin roughly 6 years to complete, 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. “Psychogeographies” is now on permanent display at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC.

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