Kevin Schmidt

Kevin Schmidt's (b. 1972, Ottawa; lives/works: British Columbia) practice is an exploration of the role of the artist immersed and implicit within spectacular economy. He employs strategies of appropriation and displacement, equating Do-It-Yourself practices as artistic through exhibition in gallery space, or conflating the categories of natural and artificial by situating homemade spectacle in remote wilderness. His works contain nods to pop culture, religion, and ritual. They take spectacular form but hold viewers in suspension, withholding easy resolution to reflect critically on the nature of spectacle, and what it also withholds.

Recent solo exhibitions include Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver (2018); Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, Canada (2015); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2014); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2013); and Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal (2011). Recent group exhibitions include Lichtparcours 16, Braunschweig, Germany (2016); La Biennale de Montréal (2014); SITE Santa Fe (2014); and The Jewish Museum (2014).