Nike x LIVESTRONG‘s STAGES exhibition has opened in Deitch Studios on Friday night in NYC. Featuring the same outstanding line up from the Paris show; Tom Sachs, KAWS, Jose Parla, Richard Prince and Ed Ruscha, the New York leg of the exhibition has picked up a few more artists to join the team; Futura and Dustin Yellin. Here we get a look at the Brooklyn based artists work that is on show and what he has to say about the STAGES art exhibition and what it means to be involved. 

Dustin Yellin, on his piece for STAGES: “Lance Armstrong and the Livestrong Foundation contacted me about STAGES, I guess Lance had been aware of my work for some time. I met him as part of this show, and these two pieces were made specifically for STAGES. I was thinking about the body and how cancer affects it and how disease in general affects it. The body is this perfect machine, and we’re continuing to figure out ways to fix it and build it back up again. These are life-size humans that are pretty much all ink and resin.

 “The pieces are created by stacking layers of drawings poured over a four-month period. For this one, I used computers, to build the men, and I sliced them up digitally, like an MRI, to create the 2 dimensional layers. The process works by pouring a layer of resin, letting it dry, and then painting a layer on it. The next day, I repeat the process, pouring another layer of resin on the previous drawing, letting that dry, and then painting on top of that. The form slowly builds as the 2-D marks build up. It’s about 70 drawings, stacked to make one composition over a 4-month period. This is how I work, these forms are a language that I am creating. I do all kinds of different biological and abstract forms, you can see additional work at dustinyellin.com.




Images and interview text Complex