Wednesday, May 2, 2012

'Generation X' Author and Artist Douglas Coupland Headlines Gallery Hop Vancouver 2012

Object Analy­sis Spec­ta­tor Poem (2012) by Judy Radul
at Catriona Jeffries Gallery 
After spending so much time in the American Southwest learning about the diverse art there, it was a treat to go to Vancouver, British Columbia this past weekend to explore some of the city's top galleries for Gallery Hop Vancouver.  The event, organized by the Canadian Art Foundation and Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver, featured expert talks and tours throughout the day.  The gallery roster included visits at Contemporary Art Gallery, a public art tour, Access Gallery in Chinatown, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, and other sites throughout the city.

Gallery Hop Vancouver kicked off with an enlightening talkback with Generation X author and artist Douglas Coupland at the VanCity Theatre in the morning. The day culminated in an early evening launch party for the spring edition of Canadian Art magazine at the new Equinox Project Space east of Downtown Vancouver.  The highlight of the party was having the opportunity to see photographs by Canadian legend Fred Herzog in a retrospective of his stunning work.  Guests nibbled on finger sandwiches and sipped wine while enjoying thoughtful conversation about the day's events.

Author and Artist Douglas Coupland
 reflects on his life and art at VanCity Theatre
(Photo: Paul Niemi)

Spring Edition of Canadian Art Magazine
(Photo: Paul Niemi)
I accompanied one of the official photographers for the event, so I had the opportunity to snap photos of my own that document the richness and beauty of the day. If you were unable to attend, enjoy a video montage of the day here!

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