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Douglas Coupland, Twelve Slogans for the Early Twenty-first Century

Douglas Coupland, Twelve Slogans for the Early Twenty-first Century (2011), plywood, black pigment and lacquer [TrépanierBaer Gallery, Calgary AB, Dec 8-Jan 14] Photo: TrépanierBaer Gallery

Douglas Coupland:
Twelve Slogans for the Early Twenty-first Century

TrépanierBaer Gallery
Calgary AB – Dec 8-Jan 14, 2012

Douglas Coupland, L: Everything Beautiful is True

Douglas Coupland, L: Everything Beautiful is True (2011), acrylic and latex on canvas, R: A Deep Meditation About Plastic No. 2 (2011), steel, alder, lacquer [TrépanierBaer Gallery, Calgary AB, Dec 8-Jan 14] Photo: TrépanierBaer Gallery

Twelve Slogans for the Early Twenty-first Century (2011) is a limited edition of six prints plus two artist proofs. Each edition includes 12 different slogans on coloured panels measuring 22 x 17 x 0.5 inches. The McLuhanesque slogans are appropriate for the times: “Our only hope is to invent something smarter than ourselves” and “It’s okay to want to stop being an individual.”

The exhibit also includes samples from Coupland’s new Momento Mori series of 28 paintings shown at the Toronto Art Fair (2011). The QR paintings and accompanying cone sculptures are vividly coloured and optically appealing. Scanned with a QR code reader, the paintings reveal such phrases as “Everything Beautiful is True”. As Coupland describes them, they are “imprecations to young people to take the preciousness of life and move forward with it”. Mixing phrases like “God is Great” beside “Whoever Dies With The Most Toys Wins” creates some startling effects. Installed alongside are beautiful, solid maple cones with steel tips and bases.

Douglas Coupland, the recipient of many awards and honours, is a world-famous designer, lecturer and author with more than two dozen works of fiction to his credit. His recent biography of Marshall McLuhan (part of the Penguin Canada series, Extraordinary Canadians) has much of his recent practice. Coupland graduated from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design (1984) with a focus on sculpture, and continued his studies at the European Design Institute in Milan, Italy and the Hokkaido College of Art and Design in Sapporo, Japan. He currently lives and works in West Vancouver.

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Mia Johnson

Douglas Coupland, Twelve Slogans for the Early Twenty-first Century

Douglas Coupland, Twelve Slogans for the Early Twenty-first Century, detail (2011), plywood, black pigment and lacquer [TrépanierBaer Gallery, Calgary AB, Dec 8-Jan 14] Photo: TrépanierBaer Gallery


 Mon, Nov 14, 2011