Louis Zoellar Bickett’s THE 4TH OF JULY PORTRAIT PROJECT

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The artist in his backyard photo studio.

Our friend Louis Zoellar Bickett has been hard at work (as usual) on his THE FOURTH OF JULY PORTRAIT PROJECT and we’re excited to share some of what he has been working on with you.

Says Bickett: “The giant American Flag used in my current work THE FOURTH OF JULY PORTRAIT PROJECT was a gift from my former studio assistant G. Haviland Argo III. It originally flew on top of a multistory bank building in NC that is being transformed into a 21C Museum Hotel. It is one of those art projects that just grew and grew. I stretched the flag between two trees in my Archive back garden with the intention of producing an auto-portrait in front of it. Eighty-seven models later I hope there is an end in sight.”

Many of Louis’ models for this project are artists that we’ve show at Institute 193. Here’s a sampling of a few familiar faces…

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LINA THARSING, June 23, 2014.

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R CLINT COLBURN, June 22, 2014.

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AARON SKOLNICK IN A ‘NOTORIOUS’ TEE, June 27, 2014.

 

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GUY MENDES, June 19, 2014.

Both Louis Zoellar Bickett and Lina Tharsing (pictured above) are featured in our new book Institute 193: Volume One. You can purchase your copy here.