Let us now praise Douglas Coupland – in text and on exhibit
Black Dog Publishing (London, U.K.) is releasing the visually rich retrospective Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything – the first monograph to provide a comprehensive overview of the bestselling Canadian author, designer and artist’s visual art practice.
An intoxicating mix of high and low culture, the book details Coupland’s exploration of cultural identity, the lasting endurance of Pop art, and his continuing fascination with military iconography as presented through a diverse range of media, including painting, prints, photography, sculpure and installation. Coupland’s work incorporates contemporay events, new technologies and art historical references, while maintaining the same steady gaze and biting humour that have won him worldwide acclaim as being at the forefront of popular postmodernity.
Alongside his celebrated status as author of 13 bestselling novels, including his seminal debut Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, Coupland’s output reflects the commitment of a true multidisciplinarian—he graduated in 1985 from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, before furthering his aesthetic studies at the Hokkaido College of Art and Design in Japan, as well as the Sapporo Instituto Europeo di Design, Milan. After concentrating on his literary works for the entire 1990s, Coupland returned to his dormant artistic practice, exhibiting his work internationally in many solo and collective exhibitions.
The book features specially commissioned texts by Daina Augtis, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Chuck Klosterman, and REM frontman Michael Stipe, amongst others.
The exhibition “Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything” runs at the Vancouver Art Gallery until Sept. 1, 2014, before touring to MOCCA, Toronto, and the Royal Ontario Museum into 2015.
The man of many talents will be appearing in conversation at the Vancouver Art Gallery, at events at Swipe Design, Toronto, as well as in various venues in New York, and London to promote the book.