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Douglas Coupland, Gorgon High-Tech Japanese Trendy Emo Tomorrow Boy, 2014, acrylic on ink-jet print, 49 × 37". From the series “Deep Face,” 2014.

Douglas Coupland

Daniel Faria Gallery

Douglas Coupland, Gorgon High-Tech Japanese Trendy Emo Tomorrow Boy, 2014, acrylic on ink-jet print, 49 × 37". From the series “Deep Face,” 2014.

You have to hand it to Douglas Coupland. The Vancouver-based novelist, screenwriter, and lecturer has for decades now been the go-to source for pop-culture prognostication—his 1991 bildungsroman, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, would serve to define the era. Coupland’s widely varying interests are driven by the parallel forces of rampant consumerism and collective dislocation in a digitally oversaturated world. Whether he’s writing about Marshall McLuhan, collaborating with curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, or moonlighting as a designer for a clothing line marketed to millennials, Coupland has a knack for taking the contemporary pulse and recording its fluctuations with a healthy measure of wit and skepticism.

But what is one to make of Coupland as an artist? Before he stumbled upon writing, Coupland studied at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design, and was part

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