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28 Feb. 2020

Kevin Schmidt: Book Launch and Performance

Book Launch
7 - 8:30pm

To launch a book covering the 18-year span of his practice, Kevin Schmidt will be performing a set of songs that function as an artist talk at Art Metropole on February 28 at 7pm.

An interdisciplinary artist working across performance, video, photography and installation who has exhibited widely across North America and Europe, Kevin Schmidt is perhaps best known for performance expeditions and interventions into the natural world, which are documented in photographs, installations and videos.

Schmidt addresses the tensions between human and nature, performance and document, indoors and outdoors, combining notions of the heroic with the seemingly amateur by using visible reminders of construction and theatrical devices—smoke machines, stage lights and DIY photographic equipment. Works are often situated in remote locations, where the artist stages remarkable events that transfer elements of urban culture into untouched natural contexts, such as Aurora with Roman Candle, which shows him firing roman candles at the Aurora Borealis, and his eleven-and-a-half hour Epic Journey, in which he screened Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings DVD trilogy while drifting along the Fraser River in a small boat.

Black Dog Press, in partnership with Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery, and the Kamloops Art Gallery, has published a 192 page monograph on Schmidt’s work to date, featuring essays by Charo Neville and Kathleen Ritter, an interview between Schmidt and Nigel Prince, and Schmidt’s own explanations of each work.

The event will take place at Clouds & Horizon, Art Metropole’s shop in MOCA (158 Sterling Road).


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