Come May 31, gum-chewing Vancouverites are invited to participate in Coupland’s latest public sculpture
As part of his upcoming solo exhibition, patron saint of Canadiana, and our favourite improvisational origamist, Douglas Coupland is inviting passersbys to cover his face in chewing gum. A seven-foot-tall likeness of the writer and artist, cast in black resin and polyester, was installed outside the Vancouver Art Gallery this week, but will remain off-limits until the exhibition’s official unveiling on May 31.
Entitled Gumhead, Coupland describes the work as a “gum-based, crowd sourced, publicly interactive, self-portrait”, which he has acknowledged might be a 6 month-long eyesore for some. The author of Generation X and Microserfs has dabbled in public collaborations in the past and hosted a series of Lego parties and workshops at the Vancouver Art Gallery this past fall.
When asked by Vulture why he offered up his own head to be obscured by chewed gum, Coupland explained, “Because it’s my show! I don’t mind having the piss taken out of me; it’s fine.” Could he be any more chill? We’re doubtful.
The exhibition everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything is at the Vancouver Art Gallery from May 31 to September 1.