Ed Templeton: Memory Foam

01.02.13 – Templeton Elliott

Ed Templeton is exhibiting recent photography at Robert and Tilton Gallery in Los Angeles on January 12 in a show called Memory Foam. Click through for all the details.

Roberts & Tilton is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent photographs by Ed
Templeton in his fifth exhibition with the gallery. Templeton has long mined the
middle ground between the public and the private, delving unreservedly into the
human situation, creating photographs that are at once heartbreaking and outrageous,
comical and sinister, his images, a visual litmus test of American youth culture in all
its twisted luminescence.
In his most recent exhibition, Memory Foam, Templeton takes a close look at his
hometown of Huntington Beach, California, a sprawl of suburbia, “mile after mile of
walls that form a hard shell around the housing tracts where beige brick dividers represent the barrier between
people’s backyards and the major street,” or less obviously perhaps, a division between the sanitized ideals of a
planned community and the real world. Templeton’s choice to focus specifically on the “downtown” and Main Street,
once a boulevard of skate shops, bikini stores and dive bars, where “people would hang out watching the fights
between skinheads, jocks and local boys,” represents a journey back to his old stomping grounds, redefining not only
the artist’s own personal relationship to his past, but to a larger cultural tapestry. Through these images, Templeton
navigates his own unique history, and his experience as a professional skateboarder, painter and photographer,
defined by Huntington Beach’s particular brand of beach culture, now gentrified, yet still energetic and vital.
With these recent images, Templeton creates a visual lexicon of the people who live and work in Huntington Beach,
telling their stories with sensitivity, wit and compassion. Templeton‘s photographs, as with his other work, rarely
concerns itself with literal space and time, but more importantly and emphatically with an enigmatic and
complicated human impulse to create anything at all, prompting the artist to “explore the love/hate relationship I
have with this city,” no longer taking it for granted, but celebrating the city as its own strangely compelling enigma.
Ed Templeton is a photographer, painter and two-time world champion professional skateboarder. His work was
featured in the influential exhibition Beautiful Losers, curated by Aaron Rose as well as Art in the Streets at the
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Upcoming exhibitions include solo presentations in Italy, Belgium, France
and, in 2014, a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACO) Oaxaca, Mexico. Selected recent
exhibitions include S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium; the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark; SCHUNK
Glaspaleis, The Netherlands; Kunsthalle Vienna, Austria and the 2010 Photography Biennial at MAMAK Liege, Belgium.
Templeton’s work has been the subject of 8 monographs to date.
Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00am – 6:00pm.
Roberts & Tilton is located between Fairfax Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard.
Parking is available on the street and at Dunn Edwards located 1/2 block east of the gallery.
For additional information, please contact Mary Skarbek at mary@robertsandtilton.com or 323.549.0223.