Reckless, by Kevin Schmidt, is the second in a 10-year commissioning program of new public artworks installed at The Polygon Gallery, as a collaboration between The Polygon and the Burrard Arts Foundation. The blinking, multi-coloured LED lights are timed to a soundtrack composed by Schmidt, based on the 1984 album of the same name by Canadian singer-songwriter and former North Vancouver resident Bryan Adams. Schmidt’s soundtrack can be heard on the building’s outdoor speakers, or by tuning in to 87.8 on FM radio. This site-specific installation builds on Schmidt’s previous works that draw from the aesthetics of DIY creativity, such as EDM House (2014), where he covered a rural farm homestead with Christmas lights and synced them to his self-composed electronic dance music.
Kevin Schmidt (b. 1972, Ottawa, ON) lives and works in Kamloops and Vancouver. He recently had a major solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2018), and is represented by Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver.
A new waterfront landmark on Vancouver’s North Shore, The Polygon offers a one-of-a-kind space to encounter contemporary visual art with a focus on photography. Documentation photos and video by Robert Stefanowicz.