We are constantly bombarded by the idea of living a healthy and long existence. Life, however fractured and flawed it is, is immensely valued and industries have been created to sustain our lives. In a cleverly, somewhat subversive title, Matt Martin’s exhibit “Eat Well, Stay Fit and Die Anyway” illustrates that life, though you can preserve it for as long as you like, must end some day. Juxtaposing the title with images of punk rock kids eating pizza or a dude caught in a dryer or a spray painted couch cushion that reads “I’m so gay”, Martin’s honest and raw images of a life lived serve as a reminder that staying healthy is all well and good but if you’re not going to do anything but that, well, what will your life amount to?
Showcases like this are also small glimpses into histories and stories that we are not really ever privy to. They show someone else’s point of view, someone else’s story, and, however crude or grungy they may seem, they are refreshing to see. It is refreshing because it is different and strives to show that exactly.
By: Sarah MacDonald