“The artist Dustin Yellin likes big things. The jawbone of a sperm whale hangs in his studio. His most recent sculpture weighs more than 12 tons. And in June, he became the owner of the former Time Moving and Storage building, a 24,000-square-foot Civil War-era warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn, for which he paid $3.7 million.
Mr. Yellin’s plans for the space are bigger still.
“My crazy dream is to create a kind of utopian art center here,” he said last month while standing in the building’s courtyard, where a glittering Airstream trailer sat amid newly planted fig and crabapple trees. Mr. Yellin’s vision includes a large-scale exhibition hall, an artists’ residency program, a sculpture garden and hosts of visitors for symposiums and public programs.
In the scale of its ambition, Pioneer and King — as Mr. Yellin, 36, calls the building, for its location between Pioneer and King Streets — brings to mind P.S. 1, the contemporary art center in Long Island City, Queens. Alanna Heiss, its founder, had similarly idealistic aims when she acquired that site, an abandoned school building, in 1976. But Ms. Heiss was not an amateur impresario: she had founded and run the Institute for Art and Urban Resources for five years, transforming other derelict buildings into studios and exhibition spaces. Moreover, Ms. Heiss never worked as an artist.
Dustin Yellin talks to ArtObserved
“I’ve always been a show-maker,” she said. “And I’ve found that artist-run spaces aren’t as long-lasting, if only because artists always want to return to their work.”
Papo Colo, who co-founded Exit Art, one of the city’s oldest alternative spaces, in 1982, said: “To sustain an art space in New York, especially a nonprofit one, is a sort of miracle, because the art world is a for-profit culture.”
Read on in the New York Times.
Dustin Yellin – Rough Cut Studio Visit
At the invitation of Wolfgang Petrick, whose recently relocated from Williamsburg to Red Hook Brooklyn, James Kalm makes a visit to the studio of Dustin Yellin. Having seen Yellin’s intriguing work years ago at the Robert Miller Gallery and in subsequent art fairs, and having gazed through the windows of his spacious studio, discovered during waterfront walks with Kate, it was with great curiosity that your reporter returns to bring viewers a snippet of video documenting the artist’s work space, process and future plans. Includes a spontaneous interview and tour with Dustin Yellin.
There’s No Place Like Here: Dustin Yellin
Artist, filmmaker, surfer, and world traveler Dustin Yellin is a maker as well as a hunter. Yellin creates intricate volumetric tomographic paintings and hunts for salvaged treasures during his extensive travels. The Red Hook Labs is a collaborative artist space headed by Yellin and photographer Charlotte Kidd. This 1500 square foot warehouse houses studios for sculpture, photography, painting, a video editing facility, a gallery and an artists’ residency space. The move to Red Hook happened once Manhattan became too expensive for artists.
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