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Everyone is Someone Opening Party

By Emmy Lee, Assistant Curator | May 7, 2014

Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything opens to the public on Saturday May 31st, but on Friday May 30th you can get a sneak preview of the exhibition by attending the Everyone is Someone party, with special events conceived by Doug! $85 for non-members and $45 for members–details are in the invite below:

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An Artist Edition

By Emmy Lee, Assistant Curator | April 22, 2014

Coinciding with the opening of Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything will be the release of Doug’s Artist Edition, titled Lego as Self Portrait, which was created specifically for the Vancouver Art Gallery. Using Lego, one of his favourite art supplies, Coupland has created large-scale artworks such as Towers and 345 Modern House both of which will be on view for the first time in his solo exhibition. In Lego as (Read More →)

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New York Magazine’s Vulture

By Emmy Lee, Assistant Curator | April 16, 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 … (Read More →)

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More on Lego

By Emmy Lee, Assistant Curator |

As you probably recall, we had a series of tremendously successful Lego-building nights here at the Gallery last fall, the results of which were co-opted into becoming part of Doug’s ambitious sculpture Tower, which will be unveiled in his exhibition.

We are very lucky to have internationally renowned architect Bjarke Ingels contributing a text to Doug’s catalogue on the way Doug uses Lego as an art supply. The catalogue will be available as of … (Read More →)

Gumhead In Progress

Gumhead coming soon!

By Emmy Lee, Assistant Curator | April 14, 2014

It’s been awhile since we last wrote…as you can imagine we’ve been incredibly busy gearing up for Doug’s show which we begin installing in about a month’s time!

In conjunction with Doug’s solo show, the Gallery has commissioned him to create an interactive public sculpture titled Gumhead which will be situated on a grassy knoll on the Howe Street Side. Here’s a sneak peak of the work in progess…stay tuned for information about its unveiling!… (Read More →)

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Brick Lounge a success!

By Emmy Lee, Assistant Curator | November 29, 2013

Tuesday night was Cocktails n’ Lego with Doug at the Vancouver Art Gallery, which was a huge success! Adults are apparently just as enthusiastic about Lego as children and several firms even entered the Towering Ambition contest in which they were invited to build a Lego tower using a set number of bricks sent to them in a package prepared by Doug. There were several notable entries but the winning tower, by James KM Cheng … (Read More →)

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Lego Tonight with Doug at Vancouver Art Gallery!

By Emmy Lee, Assistant Curator | November 26, 2013

We’ve been incredibly busy working on Doug’s upcoming show which opens in six short months. You’ve read previously on this blog about Doug’s love of Lego which is being used as an art material to create works for his upcoming exhibition. This past weekend I attended the Family Fuse event here at the Gallery where children were encouraged to build Lego towers for possibly inclusion in an artwork Doug is creating for his show. The … (Read More →)

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New Book!

By Emmy Lee, Assistant Curator | August 9, 2013

Doug is a busy guy. Not only is he working feverishly on his solo show which opens in less than ten months now (!) but a new book of non-fiction essays called Shopping in Jail: Ideas, Essays, and Stories for the Increasingly Real Twenty-First Century published by Sternberg Press is about to be released. He’s described it to me simply as a book of essays on art, but Sternberg describes it as follows:

“In Douglas … (Read More →)