The Cemetery of Reason
The Cemetery of Reason is conceived as a mid-career retrospective of the American artist Ed Templeton (b. 1972). 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. The exhibition tells the story of a pro skateboarder, a photographer, a drawer, 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.
Templeton mainly documents his own life and that of the people around him. He does portraits of himself and his wife Deanna, friends, family and the many people he meets on his skateboard tours. The photos he takes do not focus on skating itself, but on all the associated activities. 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. 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. Several ongoing series of photos are presented, including The Sleepers, from the S.M.A.K. collection, Teenage Smokers and The Kissers, all of which focus on a very specific subject. The thread running through the exhibition is a new and ongoing series of photos entitled The Seconds Pass, which Templeton takes while he daydreams in his car on the road.