Dysmorphic and abysmic, stitched in crushed velvet and imitation leather, Yellin’s forms conjure a language from another time or place, a tongue that folds the body and desire. Many hang from the walls or are cast in dyed cement and lie on the floor, where they vacillate between the mutated and the vestigial - the xenolithic and the abject. Works are adorned with taupe scrunchies, or bands of stone-washed denim, seemingly superfluous, yet subtly grounding the forms in the artist’s time of the 90’s and early 2000’s. Acting as surrogates for thought, each one a subconscious strain of emotion and fantasy, the works augur a new flesh. Staking out new representative territory for desire and the other, these perverse figures are present in their alterity.
Isabel Yellin (b. 1987 in New York City) lives and works in Los Angeles. Yellin received her M.A. in Painting from the Royal College of Art in London in 2014. Recent solo and group exhibitions of her work include All Hands on Deck (2018) at Ben Maltz Galleries at Otis College, It'll Come (2017) at Night Gallery in Los Angeles, and Summertime* (2015) at Galerist in Istanbul. Yellin's practice has been the focus of articles and reviews in The New Yorker, Artforum, and LAWeekly, among other print and online publications. Earlier this year, Yellin received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.
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