Douglas Coupland’s latest show “everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything” at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) is a colourful survey of the Vancouver writer and artist’s creative output over the past 12 years. The first major survey of his work covers a range of mixed media, from paintings and prints, to photographs, sculptures, and installations (including one built of Lego), exploring concepts of Canadian identity, art history, and pop culture.
More than 100 impressive works fill the gallery, some built from items he’s collected over decades. But Coupland’s work and imagination isn’t confined within the VAG. The designer of much public art in the city has created Gumhead, a seven-foot tall sculpture of his own head, perched next to the gallery on Howe Street. Coupland—fascinated with the idea of the defacement of public art—is encouraging passersby to stick it to him with their chewed gum.
The exhibition opened May 31, and will be on display until September 1, 2014.
Photos by Joshua McVeity.