There is no single interpretation of History Database. Through hundreds of found and produced photographs, drawings, xeroxes and pictograms, the book investigates notions of mortality, the measurement of time (through the formation and erosion of both bodies and geology), and the technology and distribution of pictures. Its imagery is splintered: a hand reaches across the face of a scored rock, ISIS bombers destroy The Temple of Bel, a long shadow slants across an ancient grave. A treatise on cultural, corporeal and academic preservation and destruction, History Database prompts: what is left behind after bodies disappear?
Luke Stettner was born on September 17, 1979 in an Englewood, New Jersey hospital. He lived in Alpine, New Jersey through 1990, at which point his family (mother & brother) moved to the neighboring New York City suburb of Tenafly. In 1997, he moved to Tucson to study at the University of Arizona. He moved to Prague, CZ in the year 2000 to study film at FAMU. In 2003, he moved to Brooklyn, NY to study at the School of Visual Arts. In 2013, he moved to Boulder, Colorado to be closer to his partner, Carmen Winant. Carmen & Luke have spent the last three summers (2013-2015) together in Madison, ME working at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (they met there as residents in 2010). In August, 2014, Carmen got a job at the Columbus College of Art & Design, so they both moved to Columbus, OH. Luke has been teaching at Ohio University in Athen’s since August of 2015, where he is a Visiting Professor of photography. Luke has had solo exhibitions at The Kitchen in NYC, Kate Werble Gallery in NYC & Stene Projects in Stockholm. His most recent solo project a,b,moon,d was held at Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY.