Douglas Coupland
The Penguins

Douglas Coupland, Dazzle, 2007, mixed media collage, 11 x 14 inches
July 26, 2007 to September 16, 2007
Opening Reception
Thursday, July 26th 6-8pm
Artist in attendance

The Monte Clark Gallery Toronto is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Douglas Coupland.

Penguin Books were initially published in England in 1935, and were the first true thrust anywhere at providing quality fiction inexpensively. Founder Allen Lane wanted them sold alongside cigarettes and at the same price. Wildly and immediately successful, they became what one might call, the Oprah's Book Club of their day. To be published in Penguin format was a guarantee of sales and also carried with it a cachet of academic respectability. Seven decades later, the notion of easily purchased novels enlightening the masses and transforming the social fabric seems quaint.

Douglas Coupland's exhibition of collages, "The Penguins," examines that period in human history when the novel carried a different kind of freight than it does now, and tries to imbue moldy, dusty and yellowed paperbacks with the sense of vitality and energy that they once possessed.

Douglas Coupland was inducted this June into the Royal Canadian Academy. This is one of several shows he has prepared (and is preparing) looking at the relationship between books and visual culture.

Also on display in this exhibition is a new wall sculpture by Coupland titled, "Luxury Factory."