|Self Portrait with Beard, Age 27, Astoria, 2011|
|AA Bronson #2, Chelsea, 2011|
A Chronicle of Love & Loss in Sickness & in Health
April 13 – 29, 2012
Funded in part through a U.S. Department of State,
U.S. Embassy-Ottawa Public Affairs Section Grant.
From Elijah's artist statement:
"Janet Rochelle Schwartz died of AIDS on April 16th, 1990, the day before her husband’s 39th birthday. A nurse, living and working in San Francisco through the 70′s and early 80′s, she was one of the first documented cases of women with HIV/AIDS during that era, when AIDS had a prevalent & increasingly, excruciatingly volatile face, but was still without a name, unbiased, no ties to true humanity, bound to all yet unbound from every, equally cryptic in nature as elementary in its aim for destruction. She was just 38, I was 6 years old at the time and the youngest of her three children.
General Ideas IMAGEVIRUS series was establishing itself in both SF and NY in the very years that my mother’s physical self was disengaging from the world. Twenty two years later, the magnetic-duality of two souls are journeying on a course parallel to the others, and in unison begin to adhere to the shear force of instinctual pull, the two of us brought together to forge a friendship that would help propel forward the other’s story, 38 years between us at this present day, the exact duration of my mother’s worldly sojourn."
To read the rest of his statement and learn more about the show, visit: lapetitemortgallery.com