Civilist and Emerica
Drinking The Kool-Aid
A Photo Exhibition
1900 - 2200h.
October, 11th - 29th.
1200 - 2000h.
Drinking Relentless and Berliner Pilsener, as well.
Civilist & Emerica present Drinking The Kool-Aid
Ed Templeton’s photo exhibition at Civilist in Berlin
Ed Templeton (1972, Orange County, USA) is hard to pin down. At once professional skateboarder, owner of skateboard company ToyMachine, photographer, illustrator and painter, the artwork of Ed Templeton merges these activities on a level and democratic field of subculture art. With origins in the skateboard and punk scenes, his work reflects the DIY aesthetic and endeavor of these cultures, which is furthered by having no formal training as an artist.
Templeton’s use and mingling of multiple mediums (painting and/or writing on photographs, etc.) demonstrates his non-hierarchical approach, whilst his subject matter in turn reflects an non-judgmental perspective of his surroundings. With subject matter not only delving into his personal relationships, but also seeking the outside streets and the activities surrounding the skate culture, Templeton reveals a phantasmagoria of images contextualizing a broader vision of contemporary youth culture.
Templeton has exhibited internationally at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Museum Het Domein (Netherlands), and Kiasma Museum (Helsinki), as well as participated in the influential Beautiful Losers exhibition and feature film. His biggest exhibtion was at the S.M.A.K. Museum in Gent, Belgium.
Ed Templeton’s exhibition Drinking the Kool-Aid at Civilist is a personal chronicle that serves as a mirror for a broader reflection on what it means to be human.