THIS IS HOW WE DO IT – J. FRITZ MICHAEL
OPENS FRIDAY MAY 6TH 7-11
JOY FRITZ – 2011 – AS IS EXHIBITIONS
THIS IS HOW WE DO IT
Fritz’s 2011 solo show with As Is Exhibitions, “This is How We Do It” serves as a meditation on fear and comfort, healing and sickness, mind and body, past and future, make believe and reality. Using the vast media culture of the late 1980s and early 90s, which conflated queerness with illness, Fritz provides a counter-reading of these images from our current moment.
For queers, and many others, HIV/AIDS created a fear of ones own body as the promise of a future was thrown into jeopardy. As AA Bronson has pointed out this historical moment was “the continuous interweaving of care-taking, funerals, memorials, anniversaries, and more deaths.“ Indeed, death as a way of life, this work asks if we can change this trajectory already assumed by history. And if we can change our bodies and futures into something not tethered to the chains of death.
Let go of the fear and get better, let positive thinking cure and experience pure joy.
Text: Eric Stanley
Music: Toshio Meronek