Bickett, for the past 37 years has turned his home, called ‘The Archive,’ into a living art work. Books, furniture, Christmas cards, pictures, in fact, everything in the home is labelled with a laminated tag, listing the date it was obtained and conferring it a title, which is then recorded in a running chronological inventory that now includes thousands of entries.
By labelling, indexing, and collecting these quotidian objects, Bickett gives them new meaning. They become, together, the amalgamation and record of a life, time, and geography. A few themes and patterns rise to the surface and become apparent when flipping through the pages of ‘The Inventory’ especially fixations on permanence, death, and sexuality.
Institute 193 has a longstanding relationship with Bickett. Our gallery space is located in the building that housed the original archive, and we featured Bickett in our inaugural exhibition. Recently, the gallery took part in a citywide retrospective of his work. After the publication of the book, entitled Inventory of the Studio and Archive Production, it will be tagged and indexed, an ode to the digestive, all consuming, and ongoing nature of the project.
Louis Zoellar Bickett: Inventory of the Studio and Archive Production
Softcover, 8.5 x 11 in. / 580 pages / black and white.
Pub Date: March 3, 2017
Publisher: Institute 193