He wrote a seminal novel that defined a generation. He’s received honorary degrees from three major B.C. universities and is an officer of the order of Canada. He is Douglas Coupland and he is Canada’s foremost commentator on technology, society and pop culture.
Starting this week, Coupland hosts his first solo exhibition museum exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery entitled Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything. An anthology of over 100 examples of his creative output in the form of paintings, photos, prints, and even quilts.
According to Daina Augaitis, Vancouver Art Gallery’s Chief Curator/Associate Director, “Douglas Coupland’s work sheds light on subjects as varied as the distinct nature of Canadian identity, the rise of utopian ideas, the power of words, the presence of digital technologies, the significance of the everyday, and the unshakeable nature of one’s own constitution—ideas that Coupland examines with both optimism and some trepidation.”
The exhibit also features a number of custom large-scale installations like Gumhead. Gumhead is an interactive self-portrait by the artist on the Howe Street side of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Grouped into six themes, everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything delves into concepts of cultural identity, the ubiquity of technology and contemporary events. The six themes are: Secret Handshake, Growing up Utopian, Words into Objects, Pop Explosion, The 21st Century Condition and The Brain.
To accompany the exhibit the VAG and Black Dog Publishing printed the first monograph of Coupland’s visual art and essays by a number of modern, cultural icons like author Chuck Klosterman and R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe.
In June, Coupland will host a number of his co-writers at the Vancouver Club during The Future of the Future: An Evening of Ideas. Coupland and Michael Prokopow with Sophia Al Maria, William Gibson, James Gleick and Michael Stipe will all speak at the swish evening event. Tickets are $60.
Coupland’s first novel, Generation X was an international bestseller in the early 1990s and since then he’s published 12 more novels, seven non-fiction works, a pair of short story collections and screenplays for both film and television.
Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything is at the Vancouver Art Gallery from May 31 to September 1, 2014.