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University of British Columbia Library Rare Books and Special Collections Visual art (Coupland)
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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).

The Armory Show 2012 promotional materials

Coupland presented a painting (“Permanent Press Landscape”, 2012, Acrylic on Canvas) at the 2012 Armory Show in Manhattan, New York, (March 8-11, 2012) at the Art Dealers Association of Canada's booth (Pier 94, booth 829). This file contains an Armory Show Map & Show Guide, an Armory Arts Week Calendar, and a booklet on Coupland's exhibition at the ADAC booth.

Draft program of New Cities Summit Paris 2012

File contains a copy of the Draft Program for the New Cities Summit Paris 2012, Held May 14-16 2012 in Paris, France. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson spoke at the opening plenary on May 14th, where he intended to unveil the V-Pole, designed by Coupland.

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.

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).

Digital Orca maquette

This file contains a maquette version of the Digital Orca sculpture created by Coupland. Of particular interest is the variance in the base, as it was altered in the final creation because of engineering logistics and the difference in colour of the maquette.

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.

Orca model

This item is a maquette version of the Digital Orca sculpture created by Coupland and installed at Jack Poole Plaza in 2010.

Digital Orca photo, Globe and Mail, July 27, 2010

Clipping from page A6 of the Globe and Mail, Tuesday July 27, 2010 with a large photograph of the Digital Orca sculpture. The caption beneath the photo reads: "Tourists converge on the Digital Orca outside Vancouver's Convention Centre Monday. The pixilated sculpture created by artist Douglas Coupland breaks down a three-dimensional Orca whale into cubic pixels."

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