The work of Douglas Coupland, one of Canada’s foremost contemporary artists, is currently being featured at the Royal Ontario Museum in a special exhibit entitled Douglas Coupland: Everywhere is Anywhere and Anything is Everything.
Douglas Coupland is most certainly a man of many talents, gaining notoriety over the years as a prodigious writer, artist, and thinker. He is perhaps most famous for coining seminal phrases such as McJob and Generation X in his first novel, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture in 1991. Since that time, he has dabbled in countless different mediums, from sculptures, to television shows, to clothing design. Everywhere is Anywhere… will focus exclusively upon Coupland’s work since the year 2000, the first major exhibit to do this. Some of the major themes explored in this exhibit include the 21st-century condition, Canadian cultural identity, and the omnipresence of technology in modern life. If patrons still haven’t got their Coupland fill by the time they leave the Royal Ontario Museum, they can head down the street to the Holt Renfrew Men store at 100 Bloor Street West, where Coupland’s interactive Gumhead sculpture is being displayed. This work, a large sculpture head covered in pieces of gum, invites viewers to participate in his artistic process by adding their own chewed-up gum to the piece.
The Douglas Coupland: Everywhere is Anywhere and Anything is Everything exhibit is on at the Royal Ontario Museum from now until April 26, 2015. To get to the Royal Ontario Museum, take CitySightseeing Toronto’s hop on hop off city tour to stop # 10.