This publication will be the first mograph to provide a comprehensive overview of Douglas Coupland's visual art practice with significant critical assessments of his work. Existing publications on Coupland's artwork are limited in scope and focus on a select portion of his oeuvre. This book however, will be an enduring and extensive resource on Coupland's artistic practice, and is published in conjunction with a major exhibition of his work to be held at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2014. Alongside his celebrated status as author of 13 best-selling vels, including his seminal debut Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, Coupland's output reflects the commitment of a true multidisciplinarian - he graduated in 1985 from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver before furthering his aesthetic studies at the Hokkaido College of Art and Design in Japan as well as the Sapporo Instituto Europeo di Design, Milan. After concentrating on his literary works for the entire 1990s, Coupland returned to his dormant artistic practice, exhibiting his work internationally in many solo and collective exhibitions. He has also diversified further, emboldening his body of work within n-fiction, film and television, as well as forays into fashion and design. Coming from a multi-disciplinary background, his work follows a diverse multi-media trajectory, focusing on an equally broad spread of personal themes from a fascination with the corruptive desirability of popular culture to the intrigue of military imagery.
Hans-Ulrich Obrist is an art curator, critic and historian of art. He is Co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London.