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Douglas Coupland – Art Toronto MOCA Benefit Edition Print


Art Toronto 2015 MOCCA Benefit Edition — Douglas Coupland, You’ll Never Know What We Really Look Like, 2015. *Local pick-up only

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*Local pick-up only

Limited Edition Print

Douglas Coupland
You’ll Never Know What We Really Look Like, 2015
Archival inkjet print, Edition of 25, 16 x 22 inches (unframed)
Courtesy of the artist and Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto

Vancouver-based artist Douglas Coupland produced the 2015 Art Toronto MOCA Benefit Edition.

Douglas Coupland’s 2015 series Deep Face explores Facebook’s recent corporate initiative to identify all faces posted to the website by using facial recognition algorithms — a somewhat intrusive proposition, but one that will be implemented, regardless.  Facebook’s proposition is a small taste of the retrograde privacy invasion that will typify much of the near and distant future. DeepFace presents portraits that recall photographs by Thomas Ruff or screen shots by Andy Warhol that have been obscured through scientific camouflage and deflection techniques. The camouflage create images that are neither masks nor generic abstraction. They dually conceal and technologically reveal our identity, representing the state of in-between-ness that pervades the modern mind.

Douglas Coupland was born in 1961 at the Royal Canadian Airforce base in Baden-Sollingen, West Germany. In 1965 he moved with his family to West Vancouver, British Columbia. He studied at the Emily Carr Institute (now University) of Art and Design, graduating in 1984, and continued his studies at the Hokkaido College of Art and Design in Japan as well as the Sapporo Instituto Europeo di Design, Milan.Since his return to art-making in 2000, he has exhibited in solo exhibitions at DX Design Exchange, Toronto (2004); Canadian High Commission, London (2004); Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal (2005); and Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby (2007).His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including those at JFK Terminal 5, New York (2004); Plug-In ICA, Winnipeg (2008); Cambridge Galleries (2008); Center for Contemporary Arts, Prague (2008); Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina travelling to Mount St. Vincent Art Gallery, Halifax and MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie (2008-2009); Vancouver Art Gallery (2010-11); and Mass MoCA, North Adams (2012). Coupland’s notable public art commissions include Terry Fox Memorial(2012) and Digital Orca (2010) in Vancouver, andMonument to the War of 1812 (2008) in Toronto.

In addition to his prolific art production, Coupland is also an internationally renowned writer and designer: in 1991 he published his first novel, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, which became an international bestseller. He has since published 14 novels and several works of non-fiction. In December 2013, Coupland was appointed to the Order of Canada.

About the Art Toronto MOCA Benefit Edition

Since 2009, Art Toronto and the Museum of Contemporary Art_Toronto_Canada have collaborated on the commission of a benefit edition by a Canadian artist. Each year the limited edition work is made available for sale exclusively at Art Toronto, and has included both emerging and established artists. All proceeds from the sale of the works support programming initiatives at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.  More about previous Art Toronto MOCA Benefit Editions.

About Art Toronto

Founded in 2000, Art Toronto: Toronto International Art Fair is Canada’s only modern and contemporary fine art fair, providing unique access to the Canadian art market. An annual fall event, Art Toronto serves as the galvanizing vehicle for the nation’s art world.  Visit for more information.

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