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Michelle Jaffé

Tandem Pursuits: Armor and Ichthyology 
Glyndor Gallery | September 15–December 1, 2013

Cod Variations: Condomania, 2007
Anodized aluminum
14 ½” x 18 5/8” x 14”

Michelle Jaffé’s sculptures investigate the visual language of clothing. She translates garments into metal and plastic, enlarging the scale and simplifying form to create pieces that read as both figural and architectural. These works often examine the psychological, historical and political implications behind an item of clothing. The series Cod Variations—which includes the three pieces on view here—riffs on the medieval codpiece, a common addition to suits of armor. Taken out of context and distorted in scale, these wall-mounted sculptures are reminiscent in some cases of the human body and in others of aerodynamic machinery. As with the medieval armor that Bashford Dean admired, these seamlessly constructed aluminum pieces are menacingly elegant.

Jaffé’s large-scale sound and sculptural installation of armored helmets, Wappen Field, has been exhibited at the Mason Gross Gallery, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; Queens Museum of Art, Flushing, NY; and Bosi Contemporary, New York, NY. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including multiple grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. She has participated in residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH; the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA; and was an artist-in-residence at Brooklyn College’s Department of Computer Music. Jaffé received a BA from the University of East Anglia.

Cod Variations
Anodized aluminum
Dimensions variable 

Cod Variations: Equus, 2007
Anodized aluminum
27 ½” x 23 ¾” x 19”

Cod Variations: Cruci-Cod, 2007
Anodized aluminum
12 ¾” x 26 ¼” x 9 ½”

All works courtesy of Bosi Contemporary, New York, NY


The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.