Current Exhibitions

Douglas Coupland
Gumhead

May 31 to October 7, 2014

Gumhead

Gumhead

Douglas Coupland's Gumhead, 2014
an interactive social sculpture on Howe street outside the Vancouver Art Gallery
Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery


Gumhead
Sketch by Graham Roumieu of
Douglas Coupland's Gumhead
an interactive social sculpture on Howe street outside the Vancouver Art Gallery


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Lectures & Talks
Fri, Aug 15, 6pm | Catalogue Launch

For the forthcoming NEXT exhibition, and in conjunction with Douglas Coupland's solo exhibition, the Vancouver Art Gallery has 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 that the artist has described as "a gum-based, crowd-sourced, publically interactive, social-sculpture self-portrait." Viewers and passersby are encouraged to apply their own chewed gum to the sculpture so that over the summer months it is transformed, eventually obscuring the artist's face. Coupland often involves others in making his art and also relies on everyday objects—such as gum—as the very materials of his work, playfully implicating mass culture with respect to the medium, subject and process of his art.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director

Douglas Coupland Gumhead is the fifteenth installment in NEXT: A Series of Artist Projects from the Pacific Rim, presented by TD Bank Group.