The Vancouver Art Gallery will be showing the first major visual art exhibition of wunderkind Douglas Coupland, who is probably better known as the author of the international best seller Generation X, than he is as a visual artist, but Coupland trained at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design before writing his first book. Coupland is a major artist with an international reputation.
As seems de rigueur of any exhibition that wants to be hailed as “major” the Vancouver show consists of more than a 100 pieces ranging from painting, photography, prints and quilts including several new large scale installations. Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything runs from May 31 September 1, 2014.
The museum also commissioned Coupland to create a site-specific public artwork called Gumhead which is a seven foot tall interactive self portrait, which stands next to the gallery on Howe Street.
The exhibition is divided into six themes and among them is one which would make me visit without the rest. It is called Secret Handshake and promises to “unravel the stereotypes that constitute Canadian cultural identity, both benign and menacing,” as the press release notes.