The Artist-Novelist: Doug Coupland on Canada, Culture, and his Hybrid Practice
Douglas Coupland (b. 1961) is a fantastic hybrid; he is both a best-selling author and an internationally collected contemporary artist. It is hard to think of another individual who is as accomplished in such different fields.
A common theme, in both his fiction and his artwork is challenging the fallacies and fascination of pop culture. Both technology and mass-production are explored and subverted through various media in Coupland's world.
This work, created in 2012, is one of Coupland's famed slogans or truisms. Unlike say Jenny Holzer, Coupland prefers to critique his generations "culture" with more playfulness. ("I have meme fatigue" is another similar gem).
Signature: Numbered verso by the artist
A celebrated novelist, visual artist, and designer, Douglas Coupland has been making work about popular culture and the effects of the technological revolution on the human brain for more than 20 years. He published his first novel, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, in 1991; he has followed it with 13 additional novels, a short story collection, works of nonfiction and drama, and screenplays for film and television. His artworks, which encompass paintings, prints, installations, sculptures, and public projects, reflect his training in sculpture and design and the legacy of pop art. True to his fascination with technology, many of his compositions appear pixelated. “I think that the way my brain is wired, words and objects are almost exactly equal,” Coupland once explained. “I sensorily detect little difference between the two.”
Canadian, b. 1961, CFB Baden–Soellingen, Germany, based in Vancouver, Canada