Frieda Toranzo Jaeger is an optimist. She often paints visions of what she imagines the future will be after capitalism self-destructs—queer utopian fantasies and post-colonial futurities. She even believes in the future of figurative painting, which has been declared dead at the frequency of a biennial exhibition. She is currently the subject of a succinct, playful solo show, “Autonomous Drive,” at MoMA PS1. The exhibition greets the viewer with an enveloping, free-standing painting of the interior of a car, Hope the Air Conditioning is on While Facing Global Warming (Part I), which was originally exhibited in 2017 at her first solo show at Reena Spaulings Fine Art in New York. She told me the painting cost her $200 to make. She cut the wood herself, attaching the hinges between panels that allow her canvases to open and close, just like luxury car doors.
Frieda Toranzo Jaeger's Queer Utopian Fantasies
Through embroidery techniques passed down from her family, the Mexican-born artist is painting her own vision of the future.