The major summer exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is ‘Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything.’
Douglas Coupland. OC OBC (born December 30, 1961) is a Canadian novelist and artist who presently lives and works in Vancouver. You may know him as the author of such novels as Generation X, 1991; Microserfs, 1995 and JPod, 2006. He has published thirteen novels, two collections of short stories, seven non-fiction books, and a number of dramatic works and screenplays for film and television. A specific feature of Coupland’s novels is their synthesis of postmodern religion, Web 2 technology, human sexuality and pop culture. You may however, not know him as a visual artist although his early training in art and design has resulted in internationally recognized work.
Much (but certainly not all) of Coupland’s art in this exhibition is text based which explains my new series of posts, beginning with this one, that will explore his text based works.
Here is the introductory write-up to the exhibition: (click to read).
Today’s post is an introduction to Douglas Coupland followed by my photographs of the first set of text based artworks I will be sharing: Words Into Objects. Talking Sticks.
Can you read the vertical text messages contained in these ‘Talking Sticks’? If not, see the wall listing below for clarification and media. My photos will follow the same order. More ‘Talking Sticks‘ to follow, next post.
Credits: thank you to the following for images and information.
Vancouver Art Gallery / wecreatebc.com / Wikipedia
All photos by clinock