Join the Canadian Art Foundation and the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver today–Saturday, April 12th–at 5:15 p.m. at the Contemporary Art Gallery for a talk by artist Kevin Schmidt.
Contemporary Art Gallery
555 Nelson Street
5:15 p.m. Talk by artist Kevin Schmidt
Kevin Schmidt has a habit of messing with nature. Whether in the wry lament for popular culture and the romantic idyll of eco-tourism in his career-launching 2002 video work, Long Beach Led Zep, or the extraterrestrial spectacle of a light-show-meets-snow-swept-tundra recorded in his 2007 video Wild Signals, Schmidt has at once de-mystified and re-mystified not only the natural world but also our place in it.
Schmidt’s latest video works—on view at Contemporary Art Gallery and a feature stop on today’s Vancouver Gallery Hop—take this perceptual displacement to even further inner and outer extremes. For his five-month-long project EDM House, Schmidt outfitted an abandoned pioneer cabin in the remote BC interior as a kind of ghost-town electronic dance music nightclub, complete with beat-synched glowing lights and a local FM-transmission radio signal. High Altitude Balloon Harmless Amateur Radio Equipment records the journey of a DIY satellite launched into the upper atmosphere to photograph the Earth below. Both offer a spectacular take on universal isolation and the shifting value of the sublime in contemporary culture.
Visit canadianart.ca/vancouverhop for details on this talk and other Gallery Hop Vancouver events. Plus, you can download a map that will guide you through your Hop day!