Dustin Yellin's "Brains in the Attic"
If you need an excuse to visit Chelsea, as I do on slight occasion, make it a point to see Dustin Yellin's latest exhibition at the Robert Miller Gallery (524 West 26th Street). His pieces may initially look like figures cast in amber, but are actually a number of drawings suspended in layers of resin. This becomes startlingly obvious when you move toward the sides of the pieces, and what once was taken for granted as a three-dimensional object becomes a venetian blind of vertical lines, revealing a painstaking process. Yellin pours a layer of resin, lets it harden and then draws on the surface with ink. When that is dry he adds another layer, creating depth and texture. This is repeated countlessly.
To think his animated anatomical compositions are simply stacked drawings... that's pretty rad.