Ed Templeton's "Deformer" Launch and Slide Show Commentary

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 08, 2008
To celebrate the release of his new book, Deformer, Ed Templeton (Juxtapoz #35 and #88) will be giving his first ever slide show presentation, where he will be discussing images from the book as well as unseen work, and taking questions from the audience. Eleven years in the making and compiling more than 30 years of material, Deformer's photographs give a sun-drenched glimpse of what it's like to be young and alive in the "suburban domestic incubator" of Orange County. From the Alleged Press series curated by Aaron Rose, Deformer interweaves disciplinary letters from Templeton's grandfather and religious notes from his mother with sketches, snapshots, telling images and the occasional brutal tale, laying out an unresolved narrative that plunges readers headlong into Templeton's chaotic youth and his reliance on art and skateboarding to accommodate its stresses and joys. "Skateboarding allowed me to travel the world, and that showed me that where I live is totally messed up," he observes. "That perspective has fueled me and been a source for my art." Through photographs, stories and ephemera of all sorts from his youth and teenage years, Templeton offers readers an intensely close and personal look at an artist's coming of age. The slide show presentation and discussion goes down this Sunday, December 14th at 7:30pm at Family in Los Angeles.

Win "Deformer" by Ed Templeton!

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 08, 2008
We love Ed Templeton’s (Juxtapoz #35 and #88) new book, Deformer so much that we thought we'd offer it up to a lucky winner that registers for the new Juxtapoz newsletter! It’s simple: if you have a name and an email address, sign up to get occasional updates from your friends here at Juxtapoz and you could be the random winner we choose to send a brand new copy of Deformer to! Register now here.

Advance Review: "Deformer" by Ed Templeton

Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 28, 2008
We stayed up too late last night. It’s really all Ed Templeton’s (Juxtapoz #35 and #88) fault. His new book, Deformer, from Damiani Publishers is just that good. Eleven years in the making and spanning 30 years of material, Deformer chronicles Templeton’s err… unique life and upbringing through photographs, journal excerpts, letters from his strict grandfather, religious notes from his mother, personal sketches, and artwork. Templeton sums it up when states, “The deformer describes what warps you, what deforms you into you are.” At 170 pages of intense personal exploration, struggle, and growth, Deformer is a book you’ll need to set aside a good amount of time to fully digest. Thankfully, the collection is so well laid out that we happily dove into Templeton’s chaotic Orange County, California childhood, maturation through skateboarding, and artistic and emotional development. Offering readers an extremely candid and unresolved narrative (at times we found ourselves almost cringing at the rawness,) Templeton has obviously accomplished what we all hope to achieve: take all the bizarre shit from our childhood and form it all into something meaningful and beautiful for oneself. Join Templeton on his journey through Deformer.  Deformer will be released this October. Pre-order your copy right here.
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