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everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything

May 31 to September 1, 2014
Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director
Since 2000, Vancouver-based artist Douglas Coupland has produced a large body of work across a diverse range of
media that addresses the singularity of Canadian culture, the power of language and the ever-pervasive presence
of technology in everyday life. The title of this first major survey of the artist’s work, everywhere is anywhere is
anything is everything , referred to Coupland’s deep engagement with place and cultural identity and, simultaneously,
his recognition of a growing ubiquity as access to information, images and technology becomes more readily
available to the masses.
Deftly capturing the zeitgeist of the moment, or as the artist states “the early twenty-first century condition,”
Coupland’s visually engaging work includes installation, painting, photography, prints, quilts and numerous
public commissions. He incisively synthesizes pop culture and technology with art historical references that
range from the paintings of Emily Carr and the Group of Seven to the pop sensibilities of Roy Lichtenstein, James
Rosenquist and Andy Warhol. Often incorporating everyday materials and objects, Coupland’s work probes the
way that things, images and processes of contemporary life affect our understanding of the world around us.
In conjunction with Coupland’s solo exhibition the Vancouver Art Gallery commissioned a site-specific public
sculpture located on the grassy mound on the Howe Street-side of the Gallery. Gumhead is a seven-foot-tall
self-portrait the artist has described as “a gum-based, crowd-sourced, publically interactive, social-sculpture
self-portrait.” Viewers and passersby were encouraged to apply their own chewed gum to the sculpture so that
it was transformed over the summer months, eventually obscuring the artist’s face.
ARTIST: Douglas Coupland
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