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There’s No Place Like Here: Dustin Yellin

May 15, 2009

by Tara Young

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(music by Butthole Surfers, Barry London, Enemy Heroes, The Give, animation by JuliaPott)

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 15000 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.

Yellin has filled the space with an eclectic collection of street finds and friends’ artwork. From paintings and drawing by Gavin Anderson and Gibby Haynes to animal skulls, snake skins and giant wooden sculptures, this artistic hub is filled with natural history wonders and contemporary art.

P.S. We found Dustin through a fantastic photography blog The Selby. Thank you Todd Selby!

Check out Dustin’s latest show Dust in the Brain Attic at Robert Miller Gallery.

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  • foamywader

    foamywader said 11 years ago

    Nothing better than rustic oddities!

  • Jenifersfamilyjewels

    Jenifersfamilyjewels said 11 years ago

    OOh!! I love wierd/awesome stuff like this!! Thanks for sharing with us!!

  • katiearms

    katiearms said 11 years ago

    SO COOL!!

  • AlchemicMuse

    AlchemicMuse said 11 years ago

    The Butthole Surfers are awesome! :)

  • PoPkO

    PoPkO said 11 years ago

    nice! i love the plants and the space. i want to read about how he makes his sculptures too! thanks

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 11 years ago

    I love the birdfeeder.

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 11 years ago

    This space is incredible! The first opening for their new gallery KiddYellin is Tuesday, May 19th. If your in the Brooklyn area come check out the fine decor and excellent artwork by Gavin Anderson and Gibby Haynes. Go Dustin!

  • WeThinkWeCan

    WeThinkWeCan said 11 years ago

    I love this! Skulls are so awesome.

  • dandelionland

    dandelionland said 11 years ago

    i love the old lunchbox..and skull

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 11 years ago

    I wish I had that much space to play in and grow my collections. I'm constantly tripping over things in my teeny apt. Space envy!!!

  • SugarPlumFerret

    SugarPlumFerret said 11 years ago

    I love that specimen series butterfly necklace! So pretty!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 11 years ago

    I love these specimens!!! I want all of them!!!

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 11 years ago

    I so love Dustin's "cafeteria" space, the airstream, and the plants What an inspiring space in which to work!

  • Stockton

    Stockton said 11 years ago

    so great!

  • maryjanefrances

    maryjanefrances said 11 years ago

    LOVE Dustin's work and choices!

  • ScottieinaCanoe

    ScottieinaCanoe said 11 years ago


  • shavingkitsuppplies

    shavingkitsuppplies said 11 years ago

    I love this series so so so so so much. Emphatic Fanatic Finder of Things, I think I love you~

  • ravenwren

    ravenwren said 11 years ago

    Very unique. I love how each artist has a story to tell. Great workspace too!

  • SundraSandrusi

    SundraSandrusi said 11 years ago

    I love this series!

  • alustgarten

    alustgarten said 11 years ago

    Wow, such a great work space. Red Hook Rules!!! And so does Dustin's volumetric tomograms. And this video series. Thank you Weirdwolf!

  • nfall2rt

    nfall2rt said 11 years ago

    What a great environment to work in:)

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 11 years ago

    Excellent picks! Love it all!

  • Morado

    Morado said 11 years ago

    So weird and out of the norm! I love crazy art

  • TianaCHE

    TianaCHE said 11 years ago

    cool collection! scull is great!

  • psarokokalo

    psarokokalo said 11 years ago

    really inspiring thanks

  • FairyBubbles

    FairyBubbles said 11 years ago

    LOL...does the brain work? This is soooo coooool:)

  • whiteserenade

    whiteserenade said 11 years ago

    I'm liking your picks. So like me. Smiles

  • jesophi

    jesophi said 11 years ago

    soo cool studio!!!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 11 years ago

    Inspiration Ahhhhhhhhhh ~ thanks for sharing

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 11 years ago

    I find biology/curiosities of the weird-themed stuff to be absolutely fascinating. Inspiring!

  • miraculousmosquito

    miraculousmosquito said 11 years ago

    very original

  • Biologie

    Biologie said 11 years ago

    I want to bottle Dustin's personality in a little jeweled spritzer.

  • clodaghmolloy

    clodaghmolloy said 11 years ago

    Dustin is an inspiration. Love the work space.

  • pocketcarnival

    pocketcarnival said 11 years ago

    Does he have an Etsy shop?

  • buttercupbloom

    buttercupbloom said 11 years ago

    That was great.

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 11 years ago



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  • Radness

    Radness said 11 years ago

    Great color pallet!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 11 years ago

    Wow he's so kewl~ love the studio and that camper in the middle. Everything~! Can't find words to describe, in my next life I'll be able to talk better. lol.

  • TreeHuggerStudio

    TreeHuggerStudio said 11 years ago

    Far out.Love it.

  • kittytrishia

    kittytrishia said 11 years ago

    I want and need that skull in the cube!

  • marytofts

    marytofts said 11 years ago

    That Phantom Quratz is AMAAAZING!!! Wonderfull picks! xo, M.T.'s

  • SummerLetters

    SummerLetters said 11 years ago

    wonderful space. Love the walls.

  • ToxicInk

    ToxicInk said 11 years ago

    I just made a treasury with this same type of theme last week. People totally love it!

  • redyellowandblueink

    redyellowandblueink said 11 years ago

    oh cummon man how cool is all that?!?!?!?!!!!!!! oh ya baby. And I would have loved to have seen cats working the printing press before it was shut down-thats cool daddeeyo! Love all the artists together working their butts off to make that space. love it baby!

  • seedknits

    seedknits said 11 years ago

    great pics!

  • mloartwear

    mloartwear said 11 years ago

    love all that stuff. reclaimed treasures of the world! That for me and that's me!

  • Signs

    Signs said 11 years ago

    dustin yellin you have a great space. Those sculptures i'm seeing in the video are great.

  • wendybirde

    wendybirde said 11 years ago

    Wait...if he's not on Etsy, why is he being featured?

  • TeacupAdventure

    TeacupAdventure said 11 years ago


  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 11 years ago

    There's No Place Like Here is a series about inspiring spaces and collections so we look far and wide for folks to spotlight. Dustin does not have an Etsy shop but you can still get his look from a variety of sellers on Etsy. We are always searching for people with interesting aesthetics and incredible spaces so if you have any suggestions please send them my way. Thanks for watching!

  • topsyturvydesign

    topsyturvydesign said 11 years ago

    hell yes - love your art & space dustin!

  • SleepDreamPlay

    SleepDreamPlay said 11 years ago

    He is bloody fantstic!!!

  • Art2ArtColorado

    Art2ArtColorado said 11 years ago

    wow, i'm glad i saw this. excellent work, space and video! thanks for giving us all a peek into your world!

  • odiejones

    odiejones said 11 years ago

    It is so inspiring to see someone with so much passion! Great for you Dustin! I love your "airstream" and all your treasures! Each treasure you find beholds a story within itself. I love your art. Best wishes to you and I hope you finally get to live out dreams. I don't doubt for a second that someday you will! Peace! :0)

  • selflesh

    selflesh said 11 years ago

    His work is so amazing!

  • signsofmylife

    signsofmylife said 11 years ago

    what a cool video - dustin yellin rocks - way to go! great studio - amazing art - love the airstream...just slip inside & disappear.

  • BirdAndMoonStudio

    BirdAndMoonStudio said 11 years ago

    I just LOVE his studio......and all this work is wonderful.

  • jessicaschuler

    jessicaschuler said 10 years ago

    Dustin is amazing! LOVE your stuff!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 10 years ago

    nice work!!!!!

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