Virtual Artist Visits with Montauk Library

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“Miles Jaffe with 3 Tubes.” Photo by Christian Dilalla.

“On The Nature of Art: The Work of Miles Jaffe,” a 12-minute video created by Jaffe, will be available for on-demand streaming through December 31 via the Montauk Library at montauklibrary.org/video. The premiere of the screening will be Wednesday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m.

The presentation is the first of the library’s four “Virtual Visits” with artists and musicians in their studios on the East End and New York City.

In his video piece, conceptual artist Miles Jaffe uses pop art to mock the profit-driven art market and other aspects of economic disparities that affect artists and the value of their work. By fusing meaning with aesthetics, his critique of the commodification of art combines the iconoclasticism of Warhol, Duchamp, Banksy and others with the satirism of Thurber or Swift.

In his short video, Jaffe demonstrates some of the techniques and materials with which he produces his art. His skill as a draftsman and industrial designer are essential to his creative process and his work draws the viewer inside the artist’s studio in Bridgehampton where materials and tools that are usually associated with manufacturing become progenitors of art. His work contemplates the relationship between artist, medium, and product — and thus the very nature of art itself.

“It is a parody of parodies,” says Jaffe. “Which makes it a tribute as well, with no small irony.”

Presented by the Montauk Library, the program is made possible with funds provided by the Restart New York Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the office of the governor and the New York State Legislature, and administered by The Huntington Arts Council.

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