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Visual art projects

Series consists of visual art objects (collages, sculptures etc.), preparatory notes and sketches, photographs of visual art objects, and publicity related to Coupland’s art installations. Documents, photographs and objects related to the visual art projects spanning Coupland's career from 1983 to 2012.

Some of the projects covered in this series include:

Collages (1997 – 2009)
The Canada Pcictures (2000)
Canada House (2003)
Paper Nests (2004)
Canoe Landing Park (2009)
War of 1812 Monument (2008)
Digital Orca (2010)
Douglas Coupland's In Dialogue with Emily Carr (2010)
Group of Seven paintings series (2010)
Canadian Firefighters Memorial (2012)

Resin test panel

Contains a collage on cardboard, sealed with resin. Certain aesthetic similarities may suggest this as a precursor to the "Penguins" created by Coupland in 2007 - see for example, "Stardust" (2007 - 28x35cm, paper, canvas, resin, and wood).

Loonie as button

Contains a Canadian one dollar coin with two holes drilled into it, similar to button-holes.

Colour markup proofs for The Canadian Pictures

This file contains photographic prints of The Canada Pictures. Names of the pictures can be seen on some of the prints along the border, though some have been torn.

File OS-06A holds the following photographs:
BC-2121-1497 : Image 9, Flour
BC-2121-1498 : Image 10, Potatoes
BC-2121-1499 : Image 7, Hockey
BC-2121-1500 : [title not visible]
BC-2121-1501 : Image 5, Chairs

File OS-06B holds the following photographs:
BC-2121-1502 : [title not visible]
BC-2121-1503 : Image 3, Coyote
BC-2121-1504 : [title not visible]
BC-2121-1505 : [image number not visible], CN Tower
BC-2121-1506 : Image 1, Bacon

Button blanket label

Contains a label for a 60"x72" Multi Throw, which appears to be the blankets used for Coupland's Button Blankets.

Two reviews and an exhibition announcement

Contains printouts of two novel reviews and an exhibition announcement culled from the web: A review of Eleanor Rigby from the Guardian (October 9, 2004, another review of Eleanor Rigby from readysteadybooks.com (October 17, 2004; Natasha Tripney), and a Government of Canada public announcement for Canada House, Trafalgar Square (UK) exhibit (September 21, 2004).

Paper Nests

In 2004, Coupland produced a series of paper nests, inspired by those that wasps create. To make these nests, Coupland hand-chewed pages from two of his novels. The series contains samples of this paper in various stages of being pulped.

Globe Review article about Coupland's nests

Contains a copy of the Globe And Mail's Review Section (section R), which features "Coupland's literary lunch" on R1, an article by Sarah Milroy (September 6, 2005) on Coupland's chewed nests.

Partially filled sketchbook

Contains a 5.5"x8.5" sketchbook, of which only about 15 pages have been filled, consisting mostly of calligraphy and other written material.

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