Kevin Schmidt (born in 1972), lives and works in Vancouver and Berlin. His works consistently employ displaced spectacles as a means to examine both contemporary cultural production and constructions around the idea of nature, such as the sublime. He has shown extensively in Canada and internationally, including solo shows at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver (2014), Braunschweig Kunstverien in Germany (2014) the Justina M. Barnicke and Power Plant galleries in Toronto (2011), the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal (2011), Galerie van der Mieden in Antwerp (2009), and Galerie Barbara Thumm in Berlin (2009). In 2014, his work will be included in the Montreal and Site Santa Fe Biennales. He is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery in Vancouver.
For the Camera Obscura festival in Dawson City, 2015, Holly Ward and Kevin Schmidt will produce a collaborative project focusing on two disparate iterations of a defining characteristic of the local landscape: gravel.
EDM House, Video Still, 2013, HD Video, Dimensions Variable, Duration: 00:16:40 (looped)
A Sign in the NW Passage, 2010-present, Cedar, Wine Barrels, Concrete, Rope, Dimensions (above ice): 16’x20'x10’
A Sign in the NW Passage, Installation at Catriona Jefferies, 2010
Epic Journey, 2010, HD Video, Duration: 11hours 30minutes
Epic Journey, Performance Poster, 2010, Offset Lithography, 22”x28”
Prospect Point, 2007, Lightjet Photo, 73 ¾” x 87”
The Camera Obscura Project brings together an international group of artists and other researchers interested in cameras obscura, related optical phenomenon and the meeting places of: art and science, cultural and wilderness settings, learning and play. With funding from The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada the Project is based at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, B.C.