May 17, 2018

WANDER | Douglas Coupland x 'Vortex' x Vancouver Aquarium

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Douglas Coupland: Vortex | Vancouver Aquarium

Stanley Park—(May 15, 2018) Eclectic local artist Douglas Coupland and Ocean Wise unveiled their joint "plastic wise" art exhibition entitled Vortex at the Vancouver Aquarium. The new attraction hopes to raise awareness and provoke thought over the sustainability of our oceans through visuals exploring human relationships with single-use plastic items.

Douglas Coupland: Vortex | Vancouver Aquarium

Coupland was in fine spirits addressing media about his scientific art display that includes a massive 50,000-litre water installation. It features on a battered day-fishing boat from Japan lost during the 2011 tsunami and found on the shores of Haida Gwaii (where Coupland frequently visits) last year.

Douglas Coupland: Vortex | Vancouver Aquarium
"We're All in the Same Boat"
The plastic exhibit explores marine pollution with Coupland's trademark pop cultural bent including a life-sized Andy Warhol symbolically documenting the ubiquity of plastic with a Polaroid camera and a stunning interpretation of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Douglas Coupland: Vortex | Vancouver Aquarium

Coupland has used plastics extensively in his previous works and contemplates his conflicted feelings about the material and its long-term environmental impact.

Douglas Coupland: Vortex | Vancouver Aquarium

To celebrate, Ocean Wise Executive Chef Ned Bell alongside VCC Culinary Arts chef/instructor Hamid Salimian and his students provided a plastic waste themed assortment of delicious canap├ęs ranging from oysters and caviar to little mock edible trash bags.

Douglas Coupland: Vortex | Vancouver Aquarium

Coupland's interesting work in the context of the ocean, sustainability, and waste wrapped in single-use plastic items proves to be a fascinating look on environmental issues seen through contemporary art. His upbeat yet questioning attitude makes the exhibit so thoughtfully relevant. It opens to the public tomorrow and runs until next year.

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