Douglas
Coupland

Everywhere
Is Anywhere
Is Anything
Is Everything


May 31 — Sept 1, 2014

New York Magazine’s Vulture
By Vancouver Art Gallery on May 14, 2014

Here’s a great interview with Doug in New York Magazine! Lots of insight into the way he works including this answer when the interviewer asks “Are there deeper connections between your art and novels?”:

“They’re so interconnected. You can’t just kill one Siamese twin. Part of the survey is a [section] where books become objects and then objects turn into words. And each of my books has all sorts of suggestions of either sculpture or installation or time-based art. In Microserfs in particular, there’s all those word clouds. The premise was What if your hard drive was dreaming? And guess what? Twenty years later, word clouds are just the way we file information now. For a decade I got people saying, “Gosh, Doug, your writing is very, dot-dot-dot, visual isn’t it? And I was never sure if it was a put-down or put-up. I realized what they’re telling me is “Doug, I’m not a visual thinker, and your books are written that way so it’s very hard for me to get into them.” I think nonvisual thinking is spread around the human race in a 2-to-1 ratio to visual thinking. Inasmuch as there’s a book world, I’ve never felt a part of it, and I don’t think I ever will.”

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Image credits Top: Douglas Coupland, Brilliant Information Overload Pop Head, 2010 (detail), acrylic and epoxy on pigment print, Collection of Lucia Haugen Lundin. Background images: (top and bottom) Mist Fantasy, 2010 (detail), acrylic on linen, Private Collection; The pioneers believed the land was holy. The New World was the last thing on earth that could be given to humankind: two continents spanning the poles–continents as clean and green and milky blue as the First Day. The New World was built to make mankind surrender., 2011 (detail), acrylic and latex on canvas, Private Collection; Four Seasons (Fall), 2014 (detail), Courtesy of the Artist and Daniel Faria Gallery; The Poet, 2013 (detail), acrylic on linen, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Promised Gift of the Artist; Background images: Mist Fantasy, 2010, acrylic on linen, Private Collection Spectra Four Seasons, 2010 (detail), pencil crayons, Plexiglas, series of 4, Collection of Encana Corporation, Calgary The pioneers believed the land was holy. The New World was the last thing on earth that could be given to humankind: two continents spanning the poles–continents as clean and green and milky blue as the First Day. The New World was built to make mankind surrender., 2011, acrylic and latex on canvas, Private Collection The Poet, 2013, acrylic on linen, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Promised Gift of the Artist Four Seasons, 2013 (detail), Courtesy of the Artist and Daniel Faria Gallery