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New public art installation by Kevin Schmidt wraps the exterior of The Polygon Gallery, produced in collaboration with the Burrard Arts Foundation.
On view 4 –11pm daily at The Polygon Gallery until March 10, 2019

New multi-coloured LED lights on the exterior façade of The Polygon Gallery are part of Kevin Schmidt’s art installation Reckless. The lights’ illumination sequence is timed to a soundtrack that Schmidt has composed, based on the 1984 album Reckless by Canadian singer-songwriter and longtime North Vancouver resident Bryan Adams. Schmidt’s soundtrack can be heard on the building’s outdoor speakers, or by tuning into 87.8 on FM radio. Early sketches of this public artwork were in The Polygon Gallery’s opening exhibition N. Vancouver (November 2017-April 2018), which featured works by BC artists responding to the theme of the North Shore.

Schmidt's site-specific installation builds on previous work, beginning with Sentimental Tower (2013), where the artist outfitted his Fogo Island, Newfoundland studio in Christmas lights borrowed from locals, and EDM House (2014), where he covered a rural farm homestead with Christmas lights and synced them to his self-written electronic dance music. Reckless draws inspiration from a subgenre of elaborate do-it-yourself Christmas light displays, created for suburban houses and timed to heavy metal soundtracks played over large outdoor PA systems.

Kevin Schmidt (b. 1972, Ottawa, ON) is a BC-based artist. His work transposes amateur modes of creation into gallery spaces, often in response to particular locations and contexts. Recurrent in Schmidt’s art are references to pop culture and special effects, calling attention to the nature of spectacle and the tension between skepticism and wonder. He recently had a major solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2018), and is represented by Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver.

Reckless is the second in a 10-year commissioning program of new public artworks installed at The Polygon Gallery in collaboration with the Burrard Arts Foundation. Founded in 2013, the Burrard Arts Foundation (BAF) is a registered nonprofit that aims to promote excellence in contemporary Canadian visual art, both through special projects that foster creativity in the public realm, and by supporting talented local and national artists.

Image: Kevin Schmidt, Reckless, 2018, LED light installation with sound, photo: Robert Stefanowicz


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About The Polygon Gallery
Known as Presentation House Gallery for four decades, The Polygon Gallery is considered one of Canada's most internationally acclaimed public art galleries. With a mandate to exhibit and disseminate photography and media art, the Gallery emphasizes contemporary Canadian artists within a context of historical and international art.

Nearly 30 years in the making, The Polygon Gallery's new purpose-built home, which opened its doors on November 18, 2017, is a landmark building situated on North Vancouver's waterfront designed by British Columbia's internationally lauded architectural firm, Patkau Architects, for the presentation of the preeminent art form of our age.

Admission always by donation, courtesy of BMO Financial Group.

The Polygon Gallery
101 Carrie Cates Court
North Vancouver, BC
V7M 3J4, Canada
+1 604 986 1351
info@thepolygon.ca
thepolygon.ca


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About the Burrard Arts Foundation
Founded in 2013, the Burrard Arts Foundation (BAF) is a registered nonprofit that aims to promote excellence in contemporary Canadian visual art, both through their residency and exhibition programs that foster creativity in the public realm, and by supporting talented local and national artists.

burrardarts.org

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