Kevin Schmidt

Long Beach Led Zep

2002
Juxtaposing a classic rock standard – Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven – and a popular tourist attraction – Long Beach, British Columbia – Kevin Schmidt reclaims these elements of popular culture, in an attempt to compensate them for what they have lost through their commodification. Schmidt – an amateur guitarist as well as an artist – learned the legendary song specifically to construct this work. By bringing his music performance of a “mythic” rock ballad into the “pristine” West Coast landscape, he comments on the relationship between nature and culture, and the ways in which we consume both.
Title
Long Beach Led Zep
Date
2002
Medium
Time-Based Media
Materials
digital video disk (DVD), 10:00 minutes
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2003
Accession number
41251