Into the Mind of an Artist

Posted on August 1, 2017 by Samantha Burns

What can happen when we knock down boundaries and come together?

Image: Close up of Dustin Yellin's collage sculpture Psychogeography 66
Source: Dustin Yellin // Wikimedia

Today on Ever Widening Circles (EWC) we’re meeting sculptor, Dustin Yellin, who has had an interesting journey of putting things in boxes.

Yellin’s latest project, Pioneer Works, an art center in Brooklyn, New York, allows people across multiple disciplines to come together to create. It’s here that he opens another box that asks, what can we create for our world if we all come together?

He gave a TED talk in New York City a few years back, where we get a glimpse inside of his fascinating creative process. It’s one that leaves us wondering — could these boxes he’s created actually allow ourselves to open up to new ways of thought?

Let’s check it out…

*Note: For sensitive ears, there is a quick swear word in this video!

Via: TED 1

This idea he brings up, the one where we’re all in the same box, is so important!

I mean, technically, this earth is more of a sphere in shape, but we’re stuck in here until who knows when anyways, right? So, why not make the best of it?

Yellin tells us that if we want to survive, we should be working together outside of the borders and limitations that have been set for ourselves in order to create a world that we can all live in. Slowly breaking down these smaller boxes that have been built over the centuries of our existence to separate ourselves from each other and the many species that also roam the planet.

Image: Dustin Yellin's Sculptures in Lincoln Center
Source: Dustin Yelling // Wikimedia

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’re doing, you can always benefit from working with someone else and learning from the experiences that they’ve had. When we come together, it’s the combination of diverse thoughts that make the magic happen!

Have you ever experienced that?

Keep yourself open to new possibilities, and happiness will stay nearby!

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