VIRTUAL REALITY WITH DUSTIN YELLIN
Brooklyn artist Dustin Yellin has evolved from his ways of analog into something much more futuristic for his latest works of art. From 3D sculptures and glass collaging, Yellin refers to his aesthetic to be “analog Polaroids of VR.” Pioneer Works, the nonprofit inter-disciplinary cultural center he founded in Red Hook, Brooklyn, is home to many of Yellin’s virtual work.
Entering into the realm of VR and art, Yellin was approached by Google for work with the Tilt Brush – the company’s latest technology that lets people paint using VR technology. Users will also be able to create artwork with VR headsets and controllers.
Although a bit quirky in his tone as Yellin recalls, “When I was 11, I smoked pot. My mother said, ‘If you don’t drink or do drugs again until you’re 18, I’ll buy you a car.’” When Yellin turned eighteen he told her, “I kept my promise. Now you owe me a car.” Since he already had bought a car on his own, his mother gave him money to substitute the car. “I spent every cent of it on drugs, sex, and rock ‘n’ roll,” Yellin said.