Douglas Coupland, Hot Shit, 2009
Thursday, June 18th, 6-8 pm
Artist in attendance
The Monte Clark Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Douglas Coupland.
“Atelier” is a collection of new works by Douglas Coupland exhibited along with materials and objects found in his various working spaces. Offering visitors an organic route into Coupland’s concentrated visual and verbal modes of perception, the show is cheeky, vibrant and eclectic – characteristics synonymous with his artwork. Viewers will gain a heightened sense of being in a creative space; the show is as much about the physical experience as the visual one.
The exhibit is rich in art world in-references—particularly riffing blatantly on the power Andy Warhol's ghost exerts on artists who followed him. Homage is paid with a series of simulated wigs pressed under glass like rare flowers and a Marilyn suite reconfigured in ways that are both casual and incisive. A collection of pornography-based collages serve as triggers to accentuate the show's anarchic tone, while a series of innocent looking 'word totems' catch the viewer off guard with their filth and humor. Abstract colored pieces take the energy of the show and amplify it back into the viewing space.
Douglas Coupland graduated from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1984. In November 2008 he unveiled an oversize site-specific sculpture Monument to the War of 1812 in Toronto at the corner of Bathurst and Lakeshore Blvd. A second piece – a clock tower entitled Supernova – was revealed in early April at the newly reconstructed Don Mills Shopping Centre north of Toronto. This September Coupland will unveil a collection of large scale permanent art works in an eight-hectare park also co-designed by Coupland. The park is adjacent to the Gardiner and a block west of Rogers Place.