The majority of Luis Cruz Azaceta’s work in “Local Anesthesia” is related to Hurricane Katrina, particularly his powerful and compelling photo collages. Additionally, through his innovative use of skillets and pots the artist links images from the storm and its aftermath to New Orleans’ long standing preoccupation with cuisine and cooking. Cascade, with its trail of Katrina detritus, is one of the many evocative works in the exhibition.
Apart from his Katrina-inspired works, over the last two years Azaceta has been creating a separate series of “Museum Plans” in which the artist treats museum buildings as containers for ideas. Several of these “Museum Plans” are included in the exhibition.