Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything is the first major museum exhibition of the artist’s work and will be presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery from May 31 – September 1, 2014. Deftly capturing the spirit of the age—or, as the artist refers to it, “the 21st century condition”—Douglas Coupland’s ideas are often encountered on the written page. But the themes he explores in his writing have appeared in his artwork as early as the 1980s when he was a student at the Emily Carr College of Art & Design. In this survey of Coupland’s work, we encounter his incisive social analysis in a variety of forms including installation, painting, photography, prints, sculpture, quilts and wallpaper. His synthesis of contemporary events, popular culture, new technologies and art historical references―that range from the paintings of Emily Carr and the Group of Seven to the Pop sensibility of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein―resists an identifiable style. By incorporating everyday materials and objects and referencing images that have become culturally iconic, he probes the way that things, images and processes of contemporary life affect our understanding of the world around us.
This exhibition brings together works made since the early 2000s as well as major new installations created specifically for this presentation. It sheds light on subjects as varied as the distinct nature of Canadian identity, the rise of utopian ideas, the power of words, the ubiquitous presence of digital technologies, the emerging culture of fear and the unshakeable nature of one’s own constitution—ideas that Coupland examines with both optimism and some trepidation.
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This publication is the first monograph to provide a comprehensive overview of Douglas Coupland’s visual art practice. Bringing together diverse perspectives from curators, art historians and cultural thinkers, this fully–illustrated volume offers wide–ranging interpretations on the significance of Coupland’s artwork. It documents his major solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery which features works made over the last 12 years as well as several new large–scale installations. Co–published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing, it is an indispensable guide to Coupland’s art and will be an extensive resource for years to come.
Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything will be released on August 15, 2014.
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- Sketch of Douglas Coupland’s Gumhead, an interactive social sculpture on Howe street outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, sketch by Graham Roumieu
DOUGLAS COUPLAND: GUMHEAD
May 31 — September 1, 2014
Steel, Milled Foam, Resin, Gum
Commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery
The artist has described this 7-foot tall self-portrait as “a gum-based, crowd sourced, publically interactive, self-portrait.” Viewers and passersby are encouraged to apply their own chewed gum to this sculpture so that over the course of time it will be transformed, eventually obscuring the artist’s face.
Coupland often involves others in the creation of his artworks and also relies on everyday objects—such as gum—as the very materials of his work, playfully refusing to heed any divisions between museums and mass culture in the materials he works with or the subject matter he addresses.
Gumhead is the fifteenth installment of NEXT: A Series of Artist Projects from the Pacific Rim, presented by TD Bank Group.
Discover the arts and culture scene in the heart of Vancouver and ascend to the peak of the mountains overlooking the City of Glass. Day in Vancouver package includes admission to the Vancouver Art Gallery and a roundtrip Skyride to Grouse Mountain ($55 per person + tax). Enhance your experience with the Vancouver: Above and Beyond package that includes tickets to the Gallery, a roundtrip Skyride to Grouse Mountain and 5-Course Tasting Menu, with wine pairings, at The Observatory ($143 per person + tax & gratuity).
Vancouver Art Gallery Membership is the best way to experience Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything. Members enjoy a 10% discount on merchandise in the Gallery Store, exclusive promotions, and they can take part in a variety of exhibition related events for FREE including FUSE, Family FUSE, curator tours, artist talks and more. Plus, when you join or renew your Membership between June 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014 you’ll receive an exclusive Douglas Coupland Membership card. Now is the perfect time to become a Member.
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Image credits Top: Douglas Coupland, Brilliant Information Overload Pop Head, 2010 (detail), acrylic and epoxy on pigment print, Collection of Lucia Haugen Lundin. Background images: (top and bottom) Mist Fantasy, 2010 (detail), acrylic on linen, Private Collection; The pioneers believed the land was holy. The New World was the last thing on earth that could be given to humankind: two continents spanning the poles–continents as clean and green and milky blue as the First Day. The New World was built to make mankind surrender., 2011 (detail), acrylic and latex on canvas, Private Collection; Four Seasons (Fall), 2014 (detail), Courtesy of the Artist and Daniel Faria Gallery; The Poet, 2013 (detail), acrylic on linen, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Promised Gift of the Artist; Background images: Mist Fantasy, 2010, acrylic on linen, Private Collection Spectra Four Seasons, 2010 (detail), pencil crayons, Plexiglas, series of 4, Collection of Encana Corporation, Calgary The pioneers believed the land was holy. The New World was the last thing on earth that could be given to humankind: two continents spanning the poles–continents as clean and green and milky blue as the First Day. The New World was built to make mankind surrender., 2011, acrylic and latex on canvas, Private Collection The Poet, 2013, acrylic on linen, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Promised Gift of the Artist Four Seasons, 2013 (detail), Courtesy of the Artist and Daniel Faria Gallery