Narratives in Glass

Dustin Yellin & Eric Fischl

September 10 - October 30, 2014

Winston Wächter Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of Eric Fischl and Dustin Yellin: Narratives in Glass. This exhibition will present work by two world-class artists and explore the figure and human experience through glass. Please join us for the opening reception on Wednesday, September 10 from 6 – 8 pm.

Dustin Yellin has taken the contemporary art world by storm with his large-scale “sculptural paintings.” By adhering clippings, found objects, and painted images to sheets of glass and then layering the glass panels into a single, unified block, he creates stunning, three-dimensional collages. Eric Fischl and Dustin Yellin: Narratives in Glass will display several of Yellin’s massive, figural sculptures. In these works, everyday detritus assembled into human forms seem to float freely within large blocks of glass. Yellin’s work has frequently been described as dystopic and seen as a commentary on the hubris and failures that mark the human condition. Not surprisingly, Yellin has always held an interest in collecting and is particularly drawn to bizarre objects that reflect mankind’s dubious efforts to construct himself and improve the world he lives in.

Though best known for his paintings of repressed sexuality and suburban life, Eric Fischl has recently explored the medium of glass. After doing a summer artist residency at Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle, Fischl began creating expressive glass sculptures that continue his interests in the figure and narrative. As with his paintings, Fischl often represents the body in poses and situations that society finds uncomfortable or unsettling. Tumbling Woman, for example, depicts a figure falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11. While a larger, bronze version of the work caused controversy when displayed in the lower concourse of the Rockefeller Center in September 2002, Fischl explained that his intent was to acknowledge the vulnerability of the human condition and make visible the bodies that went unseen in the aftermath. As he wrote in his recently published book, “I vowed that I would never let the unspeakable also be unshowable. I would paint what could not be said.”

Dustin Yellin has received international attention both for his sculptures and for Pioneer Works, a nonprofit institute he founded in Brooklyn, NY in 2010. Eric Fischl’s work is held in major collections and museums worldwide, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY, Museum of Modern Art, NY, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and Whitney Museum of American Art, NY.

For inquiries please contact Judith Rinehart at gallery@winstonwachter.com or 206-652-5855.