Publication Launch and Performance
Offsite at Kamloops Art Gallery and online
To launch a book spanning 18 years of his practice, Kevin Schmidt will be performing a set of songs that function as an artist talk in the Kamloops Art Gallery studios, offered via live-stream on the Contemporary Art Gallery and Kamloops Art Gallery Facebook pages.
For those interested in a face-to-face experience, the Kamloops Art Gallery has a limited number of seats available. Reserve yours by calling the Gallery at +1 250 377 2400.
The Kamloops Art Gallery and the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, co-produced the 192-page monograph on Schmidt’s work, published by Black Dog, featuring texts by Charo Neville and Kathleen Ritter, as well as an interview between Schmidt and Nigel Prince. Copies of the publication are available to purchase in store at both galleries or online.
Schmidt has presented solo exhibitions both at the Kamloops Art Gallery from October to January 2015, and at the Contemporary Art Gallery from March to June, 2014.
Kevin Schmidt’s art practice engages in a critical re-staging of spectacle through the reproduction and displacement of cultural industry, and proposes a utopian assertion of the commons where both the land and culture are publicly available. Involving grueling feats of production and “self-built” construction, Schmidt’s works are often produced in remote locations, where he stages events through the relocation of common features of the urban environment (billboard, block-buster film, rock-show lights) into seemingly untouched areas. Through this cross-over, he interrogates the intrinsic interconnection of “nature” and “culture,” and explores the congruence between contemporary art and do-it-yourself (DIY) practices in relation to the role of the museum and the notion of shared knowledge.