Exhibition runs: May 31- September 1, 2014
The Future of the Future: An Evening of Ideas
Hosted by Douglas Coupland and Michael Prokopow with Sophia Al Maria, William Gibson, James Gleick and Michael Stipe
Date & Time: Wednesday, June 11, 7pm
Venue: The Vancouver Club 915 West Hastings / Tickets: $60
Exhibition Publication Launch
A conversation between Douglas Coupland, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Shumon Basar
Date & Time: Friday August 15, 6pm
Venue: Vancouver Art Gallery, in the Gallery Lobby / Tickets: $10
As per the Vancouver Art Gallery:
“Featuring over 100 works, including several new large-scale installations, Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything surveys the past 14 years of this Vancouver-based artist’s creative output across a range of media, such as installation, painting, photography, prints, and quilts. The exhibition explores concepts of cultural identity, technology’s ubiquity and contemporary life that are central to Coupland’s work.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Vancouver Art Gallery has commissioned Coupland to create a site-specific public artwork Gumhead—a 7-foot tall interactive self-portrait by the artist, which will be on view next to the Gallery on Howe Street, starting May 31, 2014. The exhibition is accompanied by a first monograph of Coupland’s visual art, featuring essays from world-renowned authors such as Sophia Al Maria, William Gibson, James Gleick, Bjarke Ingels, Chuck Klosterman, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Michael Stipe, co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing.
“Marking the first solo museum exhibition dedicated to the art of one of the most thought-provoking artists working today, everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything reflects the Gallery’s strong commitment to provide a global platform for local artists,” said Kathleen S. Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery. “We are thrilled to be the first museum to present this survey of Coupland’s work and hope this exhibition will inspire audiences of all backgrounds and generations to consider what defines contemporary Canadian culture.”
Spanning a diverse range of media, Coupland’s work incorporates contemporary events, popular culture, new technologies and art historical references that range from the paintings of Emily Carr and the Group of Seven to the Pop Art sensibility of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. The title of the exhibition, everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything, reflects this range of influence, and speaks to both Coupland’s deep engagement with place and cultural identity and, simultaneously, his recognition of a growing ubiquity, as access to information becomes more readily available to the masses.
“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.” said Daina Augaitis, Vancouver Art Gallery’s Chief Curator/Associate Director.”
Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything and Gumhead are organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, the Gallery’s Chief Curator/Associate Director.
Gumhead is the fifteenth installment in TD NEXT: A Series of Artist Projects from the Pacific Rim, presented by TD Bank Group.