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03.04... 13.06.2010

The Cemetery of Reason

Practical Information

period: 03.04... 13.06.2010

opening date: 02.04.2010

Citadelpark, B-9000 Gent
T: +32 (0)9 240 76 01
E: info@smak.be


Ed Templeton

The Cemetery of Reason is conceived as a mid-career survey of the American artist Ed Templeton. The S.M.A.K. will be assembling into dazzling clusters of images the photos, paintings and sculptures he has done over the last fifteen years.

&ArtistIDThe exhibition tells the story of a pro skateboarder, a photographer, a draftsman, a painter, etc. A story which, although it focuses on his own life and those of the people around him, transcends the autobiographical and exposes social and societal phenomena unhesitatingly but without pointing a finger.

Ed Templeton’s (b. 1972) work cannot easily be categorised. He was brought up in Orange County, a suburb of Los Angeles, and spent his youth in a world of skateboarding and punk music. While still very young he became a professional skateboarder and at the age of 21 set up his Toy Machine Bloodsucking Skateboard Company, for which he did all the artwork. From an early age he was passionate about drawing and painting, and was enormously stimulated by the work of Egon Schiele, Balthus and David Hockney. Photography has also always been a constant interest. He uses an analogue camera and still prints the images traditionally. In the same way as he was never able to choose between skateboarding and being an artist – they fuel each other – nor has he ever been able to limit himself to one particular medium. Photos, paintings and sculptures complement each other, and are of equal worth, without hierarchy. Templeton often describes his drawings, photos and paintings by means of anecdotes, feelings and ideas that give a new, more profound interpretation to the images. When assembled in an exhibition, these images are deployed as parts of a broader story, but without losing their artistic independence.

Templeton mainly documents his own life and that of the people around him. He portrays himself and his wife Deanna, friends, family and the many people he meets on his skateboard tours. The boys and girls who hang around near a skate park, the boredom of touring, the bloody falls, the late-night parties and the intimate encounters with his wife in anonymous hotel rooms... Being on the road also inspires Templeton into traditional street photography. His career as a pro skateboarder means he spends a lot of time with youngsters who are at an uncertain phase of discovery in their lives. With dreams, hope, worries, the formation of identity and the presentation of the self to the fore. Templeton is ‘one of them’, a skate legend and an ‘example’. This gives him the opportunity to come very close to the world they live in and to record it. He depicts their sexuality, fears, aggression, joy and problems but does not judge them. Although his photo installations and paintings are often highly autobiographical, Templeton at no time tries to deal with his own difficult youth. On the contrary, he wants to create openness and offer insights and opportunities to those who want to grasp them.

The Cemetery of Reason takes the form of a whirlwind of photos, sculptures, drawings and paintings. In some cases, images are clustered by subject and reveal certain phenomena or events, but not in an imperative manner.

More info:
Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerpen
Robert & Tilton Gallery, L.A.
Nils Stærk, Kopenhagen

Are you interested in having an image of Ed Templeton on Poster format? Visit here.


... In your footsteps bro.

Cheers Poernaka

Poernaka (posted on mon 01.03.2010 15:37:30)

Echt ongelooflijk fantastisch, zaterdag 03.04 zijn we er zeker bij.

eRIC (posted on mon 29.03.2010 11:50:37)

bloodsucking i'll be there

zKuz (posted on thu 01.04.2010 01:35:38)

Toy machine or die!

toy machine (posted on fri 02.04.2010 15:17:29)

Dag Olivia,

ik herkende je meteeen aan je ... voeten


Gino Vansuyt (posted on sat 03.04.2010 16:20:37)

great exhibition, a very kind ed templeton, patiently signing stuff and taking pictures with visitors, an evening like visiting a concert, we had lots of fun

visitor x (posted on sat 03.04.2010 18:26:00)

Where are the photos shooted by Mr Templeton during the event ?

Great exhibition with a lot of new creations or older seen in beautiful losers...

sylvain (posted on sat 10.04.2010 11:36:09)

Does anyone know if Ed Templeton will return to the museum?

Fiona (posted on mon 26.04.2010 21:50:11)

Hi Fiona

Ed Templeton is coming back this Sunday 25.05 at 18:00. Please join us: we show two movies and you can ask questions at Ed Templeton. See you there!

Eline, S.M.A.K. (posted on fri 21.05.2010 11:24:42)

vond het waanzinnig mooi

Marco Raaphorst (posted on fri 28.05.2010 22:40:29)

Estou tentando falar com o Philipe Van Cauteren, quem tiver a oportunidade, por favor pede pra ele dar uma olhada no www.punctumstudium.blogspot.com
A série numerada de fotografias, ë a minha lida com o espaço.

Robson Corrêa de Araújo (posted on tue 19.10.2010 14:01:32)

Ik vind Ed Templeton een zeer intrigerend persoon, daarom ga ik er een eindwerk over maken, maar ik heb een probleempje..
Wat is de link tussen Ed Templeton en Mike O'Meally?

Jana (posted on sat 21.05.2011 18:44:27)