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Opening Reception:
Dustin Yellin - Psychogeography no.41,  2013
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New world: artist Dustin Yellin unveils his first outdoor installation in LA







Photography: Sarah Lawrence




6121 Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, Los Angeles



About a year and a half ago, the Kilroy Realty Corporation   approached Brooklyn-based artist Dustin Yellin   about permanently installing six of his increasingly popular Psychogeographies   in Columbia Square, the plaza outside the 1938 CBS Headquarters, which will   re-open this month as the Los Angeles outpost   of NeueHouse. Over this period, these monumental glass   collage works created by Yellin and a small army of assistants with small   paint gestures and thousands of print images clipped from magazines have   anchored a TED Talk,   an installation   at Lincoln Center for the New York City Ballet, and a comprehensive Vanity   Fair feature. This project, however, was Yellin's first al   fresco installation; providing many new challenges, such as finding the right   UV-protected laminated glass, stainless steel frames and concrete plinths to   secure the work. He also had to consider his source of inspiration.




'It was the first movie studio and I got a bunch of historic   shit from them, some I copied and some I destroyed,' says Yellin   during a tour of the site, noting that Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Orson   Welles ('cats that I dig') all worked in the building over the years. 'There's   the Lone Ranger, some movie tickets,' he says, pointing to hidden   micro-clippings of CBS ephemera. 'For me, these pieces are supposed to be   like if you put a piece of glass on one side of your body, and another   on the other side and just started cranking yourself until your skull   exploded into a thousand pieces, but instead of blood and guts you'd see your   memories, your experiences.'




By trapping the collective consciousness of the Hollywood   landmark or 'DNA in images', as Yellin calls it he hopes to project the   city back onto itself. 'I think when you die you realise this layer was just   one existence and you'll become aware of many worlds,' says Yellin, now   40, who first got the inspiration for this mode of thinking at 18 after going   through a series of Altered States-like 'consciousness experiments' (think   intramuscular ketamine injections) administered by Adam Trombly, a   physicist in Aspen who once worked with Buckminster Fuller and tried to launch   a Tesla-like free energy initiative. 'I think a lot of my work came from   those days. I was on all these drugs making art and I had no culture, and I   thought if I became the most famous artist in the world I could convince the   billionaires and movie stars to give money to the scientists to make free   energy.'




Though he hasn't fulfilled the latter promise, he has   connected the monied classes and artists with various Nobel laureates ('my   brain trust') at his Pioneer Works   art centre in Red Hook, Brooklyn. 'It's mixing all these weird fucking   people all the time,' he says. Having completed this   installation, the artist-activist hopes to do more public projects   should the opportunity arise. He's also busy making new works, be it his   new 'ant farm' series (made from detritus paper stuffed between glass panels   with a stick) or the 32-ft landscape inspired by the epic 12-ton   triptych he showed at the SCAD Museum of Art, which all began   simply as a 'series of accidents'.




'With the glass I can go backwards, change my mind, add   perspective, build a city, put a horse in the city, cut the city in half or   add an explosion. Then I saw the Terracotta Warriors and realised I don't   want to make figurative art, I want to make an army,' says Yellin, who   hopes to create 120 Psychogeographies for a huge retrospective,   whenever or wherever that might happen. 'I don't believe in the art world, I   just believe in the world. I just make shit that I would want to live with   and shit that in 500 years would be artifacts I care about because I'm   obsessed with artifacts. I don't think about anything else.'



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Artist: Dustin Yellin, Title: Psychogeography no.41,  2013 - click for larger image
Dustin Yellin  Psychogeography no.41, 2013 
72 x 27 x 15 Inches  , Glass, acrylic, collage  Sold

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