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Mid-Career Survey of American Artist Ed Templeton at S.M.A.K.

GHENT.- The Cemetery of Reason is conceived as a mid-career survey of the American artist Ed Templeton. The S.M.A.K. has assembled 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 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