Kevin Schmidt Book Launch
Next Date:
August 26 - 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
All ages
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 livestream on the Contemporary Art Gallery and Kamloops Art Gallery Facebook pages.

For those interested in a face-to-face experience, we have a limited number of seats available. Reserve yours by calling the Gallery at 250.377.2400.

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 gruelling 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.

An exhibition of Schmidt's work entitled The Commons was at the Gallery October to January 2015.

The Kamloops Art Gallery and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC 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. Signed copies will be available for purchase at the Gallery Store.

Image courtesy Jonathan Middleton, Art Metropole.
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