The Triptych by Dustin Yellin at the SCAD Museum of Art

www.kimminichiello.comThe Triptych by Dustin Yellin, 2012, glass, acrylic, collage,  46.5″ x 208″ x 27″

I was in Savannah Georgia last weekend and every time I go, I always visit the SCAD Museum of Art.   SCAD is the acronym for Savannah College of Art and Design.  There are also campuses in in Atlanta, Hong Kong and France.  The college is integrated into the historical town of Savannah with most buildings having been renovated or repurposed for classroom facilities, dorms, student centers and most notably the Museum of Art.  The university’s commitment to historic preservation and adaptive use is most evident in this facility.  The oldest part of the building dates to 1853 and was once part of the oldest surviving antebellum railroad depot in the country.  In 2011 with an addition designed my architect Christian Sottile, a SCAD alumnus and dean the School of Building Arts, it has been transformed into a premier contemporary art facility, mounting an exhibition each academic quarter.

 

www.kimminichiello.comThe back side and shadow projections on wall

One exhibit that is currently showing absolutely blew me away.  I have never seen anything like it and felt compelled to share.  The piece is by artist, Dustin Yellin, titled The Triptych, 2012, glass, collage, acrylic, measuring 46.5” x 208” x 27”.  Yellin lives in Brooklyn, NY and is best known for his sculptural painting.  Multiple glass layers are individually embellished then combined to create an intricate three dimensional collage.  The Triptych is his largest most complex work to date.  It weighs twelve tons and is comprised of three panels, of roughly 58 panels of glass each.  It is a three dimensional viewing experience.  Walking in the dimly lit room on closer inspection the glowing mass, depicts a surreal mythical spectacle embodying Yellin’s vision of the world and consciousness.

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Side view showing layering of glass panels

This is one of those pieces that you could never take in with one viewing and I wish I could have the chance to see it again.  Layer upon layer of images, mostly antique found images and others that may have been created by Yellin, collaged together on each panel of glass.  There are also appears to be areas articulated with ink and or paint.   When the panels are sandwiched together the images come to life in a three dimensional manner, that harken back to what could be a glorified View Master view or multi-plane animation effort.

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Details of first panel

Not only is the work so intriguing to look at and study, but I couldn’t help wondering, as I usually always do, about the logistics of creating such a monumental piece.  If you live near Savannah or are visiting,  this is worth seeing.

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Detail of third panel

Next week I’ll share another intriguing art installation in Savannah.

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3 thoughts on “The Triptych by Dustin Yellin at the SCAD Museum of Art

  1. Thank you for your detailed photos and impressions from your visit. As an artist who paints on glass, I am very interested in this work, and your photos answered a lot of my questions about how he constructed the piece. Since I live in Seattle, chances are that I won’t see it in person. BTW, I found you through a link on the Alpha Omega Arts blog.

    • Thanks Nancy, glad you enjoyed the article! The logistics of this particular piece are mind boggling. I have heard from many that it is worth seeing more than once; you get a different experience each time. Sorry you can’t see it in person, I’m sure you would love it, since your work, (which is very nice),is also on glass. I enjoyed the Alpha Omega links to Dustin Yellin.

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