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Douglas Coupland, Still Life with Twitter

Douglas Coupland, Still Life with Twitter (2012), pigment print on watercolour paper [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 31-Sep 1] Courtesy of the Artist and Daniel Faria Gallery

Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere
is anything is everything

Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – May 31-Sep 1, 2014

Mark Tobey, Esquimaux Idiom

Douglas Coupland, I Win, You Lose (2009), toy blocks, wood, plastic, found object [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 31-Sep 1] Collection of Byron Aceman


Douglas Coupland, Brilliant Information Overload Pop Head

Douglas Coupland, Brilliant Information Overload Pop Head (2010), acrylic and epoxy on pigment print [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 31-Sep 1] Courtesy of Lucia Haugen Lundin


Douglas Coupland emerged in the early 1990s as the author of the annotated novel Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture (1991), the story of disaffected 20-somethings born in the last years of the Baby Boom, when all the “good jobs” were taken. Since then, the Emily Carr University grad has published over a dozen books, in addition to fashioning a visual art practice that borrows as much from art history (collage, Pop) as industrial design (Lego) and marketing (QR codes, advertising copy).

For his first major survey exhibition, Coupland presents work in a range of media. Expect photographic tableaux of Canadiana, outsized sculptural installations, acrylic-on-canvas paintings of bar code sunsets, and slogans, slogans, slogans. A seven-foot-high bust of the artist is also posted outside the gallery for those looking for a place to dispose of their chewing gum.

Coupland describes Gumhead (2014) as a “gum-based, crowd-sourced, publicly interactive, social-sculpture self-portrait.” While it remains to be seen whether gum chewers will take reverse-communion from Coupland’s mug, note the hyphens in his pitch. Here lies what is most interesting about an artist known for having his eye on the Zeitgeist: his attempt to link nouns to verbs, thoughts to ideas, actions to consequences.

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Douglas Coupland, Luggage Bar Code Sunset No. 4

Douglas Coupland, Luggage Bar Code Sunset No. 4 (2012), acrylic on canvas [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 31-Sep 1] Courtesy of Daniel Faria Gallery

Douglas Coupland, Canada Picture No. 3 (Wolf)
Douglas Coupland, Canada Picture No. 3 (Wolf) (2001), inkjet print [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 31-Sep 1] Collection of Kevin Louie


Douglas Coupland, God
Douglas Coupland, God (2007), vinyl, resin, book covers [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 31-Sep 1] Collection of Ben Mills


Douglas Coupland, Slogans for the 21st Century (detail)

Douglas Coupland, Slogans for the 21st Century (detail) (2011-2014), pigment prints on watercolour paper, laminated onto aluminum [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 31-Sep 1] Courtesy of the artist and Daniel Faria Gallery

Douglas Coupland, Thomson Campfire

Douglas Coupland, Thomson Campfire (2013), acrylic on canvas [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 31-Sep 1] Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery


 Fri, Jun 6, 2014