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  1. Douglas Coupland, Fight Club, 2005 and Less Than Zero, 2005. Latex and epoxy on wood
    279.4 x 216.0 x 5.7 cm ea. Gift of the artist.
    Photo: Michael Barrick.

Douglas Coupland

Fight Club and Less Than Zero

April 1 - June 2, 2010

Walter C. Koerner Library, Main floor, 1958 Main Mall, University of BC Click here for directions

In conjunction with the Media Transatlantic Conference at Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (April 8 – 10, 2010), the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and Walter C. Koerner Library are pleased to exhibit two works, Fight Club (2005) and Less Than Zero (2005) by Vancouver author and artist, Douglas Coupland. Coupland will talk about Marshall McLuhan on Thursday, April 8 at 5:15 pm in the Golden Jubilee Room. For conference information, visit

Fight Club and Less Than Zero are part of series shown together as Lost and Gained in Translation, a body of work that is concerned with the intersection of language, books and visual culture in mass media. Part of Coupland’s process was to use a web site search engine to translate texts out of and back into English. The results were photocopied onto every available colour of paper at a Kinko’s copy outlet and then arranged in large, text-based mosaics. Fight Club and Less Than Zero gestures toward both the mechanics and the outcomes of telling stories through a strong interest in design and typography.

Douglas Coupland studied art in Vancouver at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as in Milan and Tokyo. He frequently addresses subjects of popular culture, and generational and technological change in both his literary and artistic productions. He is well known for his works of fiction such as Generation A (2009), JPod (2006), Microserfs (1995), Life After God (1993), and Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture (1991).

Coupland’s art has been exhibited internationally, and he has been the subject of a number of studies, including Art and Design, by Alex Coles (MIT Press and Whitechapel Gallery, 2007). The book analyzes the work of many artists such as Dan Graham and Andy Warhol, who explore the dissolution of “the traditional boundaries between art and architectural, graphic, and product design … in critically significant ways.”

Douglas Coupland was presented with an honorary degree at the University of British Columbia’s spring convocation in May 2010. He has generously donated his personal papers to UBC Special Collections. For more information about Coupland’s archive see, UBC Public Affairs Press Release.

This exhibition is a collaboration of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and the Walter C. Koerner Library at the University of British Columbia and is made possible by the generous support of the Audain Foundation. Art in the Library aims to open possibilities for interpretation and new perspectives on contemporary art by presenting art that challenges and questions our current perceptions.

For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689