This publication comprises the first monographic survey dedicated to artist Kevin Schmidt. An interdisciplinary artist working across performance, video, photography and installation who has exhibited widely across North America and Europe, Schmidt is perhaps best known for his performance expeditions and interventions into the natural world, which are documented in photographs, installations and videos.
Schmidt addresses the tensions between man and nature, performance and document and indoors and outdoors, combining notions of the heroic with the seemingly amateur by using visible reminders of artistic construction and theatrical devices—smoke machines, stage lights and DIY photographic equipment.
Schmidt’s works are often situated in remote locations, where he stages remarkable events that add elements of urban culture to untouched natural contexts. These works include Aurora with Roman Candle, which shows him firing Roman candles at aurora borealis, and his 11.5-hour-long Epic Journey, which documents a marathon night-time screening of the Lord of the Rings trilogy in a small boat drifting down the Fraser River. In this way, Schmidt simultaneously examines both the seductive elements of contemporary cultural production and the constructions that surround the idea of nature.
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