Window Sandwiches: NYC Ballet’s Art Series
All + Sundry gets inordinately excited for the New York City Ballet’s annual Art Series. Now in its third annual year, this is an experience we look forward to all year long. (View last year’s here where we reclined on the ground next to life size photographs of the ballerinas.) This year’s artist is Dustin Yellin, who paints vivid colors and glues tiny magazine cutouts directly of the surface of a plate of glass. Then he does the same thing to another plate of glass and sandwiches them together. Then another, and another. Pretty soon, the layers of paint and cutouts create a figure of a dancing, stretching human being trapped inside a window sandwich. From the front they are deep and intricate, hypnotizing and layered – and from the side, well, they completely disappear.
Imagine if you were to make a drawing on a window, and then you were to take another window and glue it to that window. And then another window and another, until you had a window sandwich. I make window sandwiches.
Three thousand pound microscope slides with humans trapped inside, but the humans are made up of cut-up books, magazines, art history books, encyclopedias, trash I find on the street. It’s all sort of born out of accidents. It’s all matter. The idea that all of your memories are stuck inside of your bone marrow and if you could somehow open that up so that everyone could see it.
I had a visceral experience when I saw the ballet. I was moved thinking about these young, 25-year old dancers full of life and that they’re on their toes for all these hours. To be able to bring sculpture into the arena of dance is very special to me.
New York City Ballet Art Series: http://www.nycballet.com/artseries
Dustin Yellin: http://dustinyellin.com