Douglas Coupland is a Canadian novelist, visual artist and designer. His first novel in 1991 was Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. He has published thirteen novels, a collection of short stories, seven nonfiction books, and a number of dramatic works and screenplays for film and television. Coupland’s novels and visual work synthesize high and low culture, web technology, religion, and changes in human existence caused by modern technologies.
“Deep Meditations on Plastic”, 2011 · Maple, steel, lacquer (9′ tall; 6″ diameter)
“Any art practice represents the determination of a maker to say something and to say it in ways appropriate to the purpose of the undertaking, and to offer argumentation or informed opinion. Put another way, art is always about something other than the made thing itself. Douglas Coupland’s art practice—accepting that in certain contexts it is necessary to speak separately about what he does in the studio as opposed to the study—is a demanding thing to ponder. It is a practice that is consistently original. It is a practice of striking output. It is a practice of colour and wit, of whimsy and pathos. It is a practice beneficially, unavoidably congested with meaning.”
Excerpt from the catalogue “Decoding Douglas Coupland” by Michael Prokopow;
published by TrépanierBaer Gallery.
Douglas Coupland, Twenty-first Century
Artist in attendance, Catalogue available
6:00-8:00pm Thursday, 8 December 2011
#105, 999 – 8 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2R 1J5