Hot on the heels of the Vancouver Art Gallerys Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything comes another exhibition that, among other things, raises questions about the variegation of Art and Design. However, unlike the Coupland exhibition, Stefan Sagmeisters The Happy Show seeks neither the approval of an informed art audience nor the knowing nod of those who believe that design is a means of persuasion.
Now in the tenth year of his pursuit of happiness, Sagmeister, who was born in Austria and is based in New York City, has filled the MOVs galleries, nooks and crannies with interactive installations, information graphics, sculpture and video all of which offer his thoughts and recommendations about one of humankinds most desirous, and elusive, sensations.
Also on tap is the première of Sagmeisters The Happy Film (2015), a documentary that depicts his experiments with meditation, cognitive therapy and mood-altering pharmaceuticals. If you want a sense of how truly playful this guy is, Sagmeister has let it be known that the première of his film only contains the first 14 minutes. (Contrast this to Warhols 15 minutes.)