Lost and Found Musical Event and Publication Launch

Found Sounds, in conjunction with Lost and Found Publication Launch

Saturday, April 6, 2 to 4 PM | Free.
Varley Art Gallery of Markham
216 Main Street Unionville
Markham, ON L3R 2H1

Join us at this celebratory musical event Found Sounds. Musicians from Lost and Found, a public art project conceived by artist duo Kevin Schmidt and Holly Ward, will gather to play in the exhibition space, performing material they practiced along the trail or in the gallery, or improvising on their own instruments and the musical carts created by the artists. The artists will be in attendance. A project publication, co-edited by the curator, Yan Wu, and the artists, and centred around a conversation between the three, will be launched at the occasion.

Bus transportation is available from downtown Toronto (Spadina and Bloor) to the gallery (subject to capacity). To register please contact Alessandra Pozzuoli at APozzuoli@markham.ca.

Lost and Found first unfolded as a series of constructed situations along the Rouge Valley Trail in Unionville throughout the summer and fall of 2023. Augmented by specially designed t-shirts and musical carts, it was brought to life through everyday activities embodied by local community groups and amateur musicians. The project then transitioned to the exhibition space at the Varley Art Gallery of Markham to formalize a visual language that frames individual experiences along the trail as “artworks” in the gallery through the presentation of objects and ephemera in an interactive installation.

Wandering, practicing, improvising, and experimenting are revealed here not only as preparations but as substantial activities in themselves. Lost and Found locates these activities in public space, designating chance encounters as a potential site for the formation of publics.

Holly Ward’s work explores the role of aesthetics in the formation of social realities, while Kevin Schmidt’s practice delves into the artist’s role in a spectacle-driven society, exploring faith, mythmaking, craft, and popular culture. Their collaborative projects include Eye of the Beholder, sculptural cameras obscura situated outside of Dawson City for the Midnight Sun Camera Obscura Festival (2016), and The Pavilion, a 22-foot geodesic dome located in rural Heffley Creek BC, serving as a catalyst for artistic experimentation, and being performed as an interdisciplinary life-as-art project (2011-).

Co-presented by Markham Public Art and the Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Lost and Found is on view at the Varley from January 27 through May 5, 2024.

Media inquiries:
Yan Wu
Public Art Curator, City of Markham

Markham Public Art
Markham’s Public Art Program was first initiated in 2003 and formalized in 2012. Since 2013, seven permanent artworks have been commissioned through the program. In addition, the program has facilitated a series of community art initiatives in collaboration with the City’s Public Realm section. In the fall of 2019, Markham City Council approved its Public Art Master Plan 2020-2024, and a related Implementation Plan in winter 2020. The objectives of the program are to inspire people to live, work, visit, and invest in Markham; to celebrate the city’s diverse cultures and heritage from multiple points of view; and to connect residents to Markham’s built and natural environment.

Images: Lost and Found publication. Design by Mark Bennett.