Deborah Luster

December 4, 2013 - December 29, 2013

Tooth for an Eye, Ledgers 01-05 and 01-06
2008-2010
toned gelatin silver prints
24" x 30" each

image © Deborah Luster
$9,000

Tooth for an Eye, Ledger 01-13
2008-2010
toned gelatin silver print
24" x 30"

image © Deborah Luster
$5,000

Tooth for an Eye, Ledger 04-04
2008-2010
toned gelatin silver print
24" x 30"

image © Deborah Luster
$5,000

Tooth for an Eye, Ledger 03-03
2008-2010
toned gelatin silver print
24" x 30"

image © Deborah Luster
$5,000

Tooth for an Eye, Ledger 03-04
2008-2010
toned gelatin silver print
55" x 55"

image © Deborah Luster
$16,000

Tooth for an Eye, Ledger 01-16
2008-2010
toned gelatin silver print
24" x 30"

image © Deborah Luster
$5,000

Tooth for an Eye, Ledger 03-09
2008-2010
toned gelatin silver print
24" x 30"

image © Deborah Luster
$5,000

Tooth for an Eye, Ledger 06-08
2008-2010
toned gelatin silver print
24" x 30"

image © Deborah Luster
$5,000

Tooth for an Eye, Ledger, 01-12
2008-2010
toned gelatin silver print
24" x 30"

image © Deborah Luster
$5,000

Tooth for an Eye, Ledger 01-22
2008-2010
toned gelatin silver print
24" x 30"

image © Deborah Luster
$5,000

Tooth for an Eye, Ledger 03-02
2008-2010
toned gelatin silver print
24" x 30"

image © Deborah Luster
$5,000

Tooth for an Eye, Ledger 03-06
2008-2010
toned gelatin silver print
24" x 30"

image © Deborah Luster
$5,000

Tooth for an Eye, Ledger 04-08
2008-2010
toned gelatin silver print
24" x 30"

image © Deborah Luster
$5,000

Tooth for an Eye, Ledger 04-20
2008-2010
toned gelatin silver print
24" x 30"

image © Deborah Luster
$5,000

Tooth for an Eye, Ledger 05-01
2008-2010
toned gelatin silver print
24" x 30"

image © Deborah Luster
$5,000

Tooth for an Eye, Ledger 05-16
2008-2010
toned gelatin silver print
24" x 30"

image © Deborah Luster
$5,000

Tooth for an Eye, Ledger 06-02
2008-2010
toned gelatin silver print
24" x 30"

image © Deborah Luster
$5,000

Tooth for an Eye, Ledger 06-21
2008-2010
toned gelatin silver print
24" x 30"

image © Deborah Luster
$5,000

Tooth for an Eye, Ledger 06-26
2008-2010
toned gelatin silver print
24" x 30"

image © Deborah Luster
$5,000

Tooth for an Eye, Ledger 04-23
2008-2010
toned gelatin silver print
49" x 49"

image © Deborah Luster
$14,000

Tooth for an Eye, Ledger 06-22
2008-2010
toned gelatin silver print
49" x 49"

image © Deborah Luster
$14,000

Tooth for an Eye, Ledger 01-26
2008-2010
toned gelatin silver print
24" x 30"

image © Deborah Luster
$5,000

Deborah Luster

Tooth for an Eye: A Chorography of Violence in Orleans Parish

For her series Tooth for an Eye, Deborah Luster has created an extensive visual archive of contemporary and historic homicide sites in New Orleans, a city with one of the highest murder rates in the United States. Each gelatin silver print depicts a scene of past violence, now noticeably devoid of any human presence. The tondo photographs created by Luster’s 8×10 view camera are at once nostalgic and unsettling, as the circular shape references her antique tool while also mimicking what one might see looking through the scope of a gun. Ledgers that accompany the images provide handwritten details about the locations, the people, and the weapons (many of which are guns) involved in these murders. Yet despite the fraught history this project unearths, Luster’s framing of each scene also evokes the beauty and resilience of an iconic city, where life and death coexist as a matter of course.

“Chorography is a form of geography that describes the inherent attributes of a place. These attributes may be physical, sociological, conceptual, metaphysical, or sensory. Tooth for an Eye not only documents sites where violence has occurred, it also finds itself documenting the city’s physical loss as her unique material culture crumbles and transforms following generations of political failure. Many buildings that served as backgrounds for violent death have disappeared since they were photographed for this project.”

Originally from Bend, Oregon, Deborah Luster currently lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has exhibited solo shows at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, New Orleans Museum of Art, and other notable public and private collections. She has published two monographs: Tooth for an Eye: A Chorography of Violence in Orleans Parish (Twin Palms Publishing, 2011) and One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana (Twin Palms Publishing, 2003). This is Luster’s third solo show at Blue Sky.