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 May 01, 2014
Major Douglas Coupland Visual Arts Exhibit Debuts At The Vancouver Art Gallery

 The Vancouver Art Gallery's landmark exhibition Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything presents the first in-depth look at the Vancouver-based artist's stimulating visual art. Taking place May 31 to September 1, the exhibit will showcase Coupland's prolific productions across a range of media as he addresses the singularity of Canadian culture, the ubiquity and power of language and the ever-pervasive presence of technology in everyday life. Coupland first shot to fame as a writer in 1991 with the publication of his debut novel Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, and has since gained international attention for his multidisciplinary visual art and design projects. Exhibit sections will include Secret Handshake (defining the artist's view on what constitutes Canadian cultural identity), The Pop Explosion (everyday materials assembled into sculptures that draw upon the Pop Art movement), Words into Objects (one example: chewed copies of Coupland's published work reformed into hornet's nests), The 21st Century Condition (world events and the introduction of smartphone technology) and The Brain (hundreds of objects Coupland collected over the years assembled as a metaphor for brain function).

And the exhibit doesn't end here. A piece appropriately entitled Gumhead will be installed outdoors at the Art Gallery Plaza, a main pedestrian corridor located on bustling Robson Street. Here, the seven-foot-tall, interactive self-portrait will encourage passersby to apply their own chewed gum to the surface -- eventually obscuring Coupland's face.