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University of British Columbia Library Rare Books and Special Collections Douglas 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.

Movie ticket stubs, 1998

Includes movie ticket stubs to:

  • Lost In Space (April 10, 1998)
  • Sliding Doors (May 16, 1998)
  • Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (May 24, 1998)
  • Bullworth (May 31, 1998)
  • The Truman Show (June 05, 1998)
  • The Last Days of Disco (June 14, 1998)

Travel arrangements and a boarding pass

Contains an itinerary of a trip by Coupland to the UK (London, Cambridge, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Manchester), Amsterdam, Brussels, and Rotterdam, from Thursday April 16 to Friday, May 1. Also included are publisher contacts, and a stub from a boarding pass, dated April 24th (year uncertain; likely 1998) from Edinburgh to Manchester.

Two postcards

File contains one postcard addressed to Coupland from "A" sent from Jamaica describing a trip to the country, and one postcard addressed to Coupland from Sentinel Secondary School announcing the 30th Year Reunion Homecoming Weekend in 1992.

Two letters

Contains two letters. The first is from Michael J. Audain (May 29, 2007), congratulating Coupland on receiving an honorary degree from Simon Fraser University. The second letter is from Antony Korner of Artforum International (January 1, 2007), enclosing Coupland's press card for 2007 (press card not included in the file).

Simon Fraser University convocation correspondence

File contains two brief letters - the first is a letter from John Ralston Sau (forwarded by his assistant) addressed to the Chancellor of SFU, apologizing for being unable to attend Coupland's conferment ceremony. The second is a congratulations from the SFU Alumni Association, which orginally included a certificate and pin (not included in this file).

Kinsella v. Lau et al. defendant's documents

Contains a copy of documents submitted by the defendants in the libel case launched by author W.P. Kinsella following an article written by former lover and fellow writer Evelyn Lau, entitled "Me and W.P." that appeared in Vancouver Magazine (1997). Because Coupland had guest-edited the issue of the magazine in which the article appeared, he was also named in the libel suit, along with Jim Sutherland and Telemedia Communications, Inc. Ultimately the suit was settled out of court.

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.

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