For the second consecutive year, Daniel Faria Gallery is proud to participate in
abc Art Berlin Contemporary
with a presentation of new work by
September 18 – 21, 2014
Luckenwalder Strasse 4—6
U-Bahn Gleisdreieck (U1, U2)
For a decade, Coupland’s work has explored the fine lines between beauty, toxicity and defacement. In “Optimism vs. Pessimism” Coupland presents two versions of Earth in the form of globes, one set soiled beyond recognition with a black oil-like liquid, the other set covered with gestural bursts of candy-coloured paint poured over the North Pacific Trash Gyre. The obvious irony is that optimism is equally as toxic as pessimism — except it’s perhaps slightly sexier. An overall mood of ‘whistling in the graveyard’ permeates the two tableaux. One senses the seductiveness of death, the willful ignorance surrounding environmental crises, and the contradictory glamorization of the dreadful necessary to survive emotionally in a perhaps unstoppable global disaster.
Douglas Coupland (b. 1961) is a graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, as well as the Hokkaido College of Art and Design in Sapporo, Japan and the Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Italy. Coupland’s work has been exhibited in numerous group shows internationally, most recently at the Abrons Art Centre, Brooklyn as part of Decenter: An Exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show. Coupland has completed numerous public commissions such as the Terry Fox memorial in Vancouver and Monument to the War of 1812 in Toronto. His work can be found in the collections of the University of British Columbia, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston and the Albright Knox, Buffalo. This past spring Coupland’s first major retrospective, Everywhere is anywhere is Anything is Everything opened at the Vancouver Art Gallery and will travel to the Royal Ontario Museum and the Museum of Contemprary Canadian Art in Toronto. In 2014 Coupland was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Coupland lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.