Budapest, Hungary - part 3

Actually, we took a day trip to Vienna, Austria, only 2.5 hours away by car.
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You know you are in Europe when they can just advertise an Egon Schiele nude drawing complete with detail vulva outside. We are such pussies in the US.
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We were taken to Vienna, one of the best cities in Europe and totally underrated. If you are going to Europe don't sleep on Vienna. We went to "Art out" and see a bunch of shows. This is Deanna, Kevin and I amongst some Chuck Closes.
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Over 100 years before the one you are thinking about...
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Questions fron S Van:
Q: Do you feel you have to communicate your work differently when the audience is maybe not informed about all the aspects of your life and where that art comes from?
A: No. I just make work for humans. Ideally they have no idea about the rest of my life. That would be the most pure approach.

Q: And is the jacket part of that language?
A: No. Deanna bought me that jacket a year ago, and as you can see I have been wearing it to all of my openings. I think I used the same one in LA, Gent, and now Budapest. I always dress like a skater, and sometimes it's nice to wear something different. I have a choice; look like a skater, or not. I feel pressure actually to look like a skater, and this very question supports that pressure. I feel like I have to send signals to the skaters that I'm still one of them. But it is that exact reason that I would rather not look like anything, except some random guy.

Q: Like eastern europe has still a more traditional or conservative look on how art and culture is communicated and excecuted including also the expectations how the artist presents himself?
A: I think eastern Europe does have a more traditional approach, but my clothing choice has nothing to do with that. I can wear what I want, the skaters will see my Emerica's with ollie holes and know where I'm coming from. I plan on buying a regular suit soon, too.
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The MUMOK has a couple of sweet Hockney's up.
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Looking out from the Albertina.
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The bug's eye view of Deanna as that bug flies into her ear and lays eggs.
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Zsolt fronts that bug.
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What should we name our place, bro?
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Loose translation: Leaving the Church Today.
Hyper-Links:
Current exhibitions:
In Budapest, Hungary: The Cemetery of Reason at the Ernst Muzeum, Jan. 21st, 2011
In Los Angeles: Freeflow at Roberts & Tilton, Jan 8 - Feb 19, 2011
In San Diego, Phonography, at Blind Lady Ale House, Jan 17th, 2011

Upcoming exhibitions:
In Los Angeles, "Art in the Streets" at the MOCA Geffen Contemporary, April 17th, 2011
In Austin, Texas(with Deanna!): 'Yet to be named' at
Domy Gallery, March 12, 2011 (during SXSW)
In Copenhagen, Denmark: 'My Soul is Worried but not Me' at
Nils Steark Gallery
, May 6th, 2011
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6 Video Interviews From Italy
The Seconds Pass book --- Yeah.
Buy the
Cemetery of Reason book, with a sneak peek
Buy the Drinking the Kool-Aid book
New Drinking the Kool Aid
Review at Photo-Eye Blog
And a new
review of the Seconds Pass book too
Deanna's Blog
Dennis McGrath's Blog
Tiny Vices Portfolio
Ed and Deanna's Food Blog
Ashley B's blog Milk Teeths
Toy Machine Sock-Team
Grant Hatfield's Blog
American Suburb X
Alleged Press
Hamburger Eyes --- New Dennis Zine!
New Book with photos from Russia,
Litmus Test
VIDEO: Golden Age of Neglect - 1999
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Posted January 28th, 2011 by Zsolt and Brigitte hooked us up
Enjoy the trip!
Close up close is sweet.
I'm in snow up to my chin in the East.
Can snowboard in the front yard.
Posted By: Eggs McManus on January 28th, 2011 at 09:25AM PST
sweet stencil. I should start taking pics of the local stencil art I see in the street.

I recently visited MCAD up here and saw some Chuck Close. I really liked his work as a kid, and I find myself still liking it. Is it the idea that he can't even move and still creates these awesome HUGE portraits that makes me like his art? Is it because it's just good? I think it's a little of both but I remember one thing that kind of sealed the deal is when I visited Chicago's art museum and saw a video on repeat of Chuck Close just picking his nose in close up and it was HUGE just like his portraits. lol

The snow has receeded a bit here but that's not saying much. Just 20 degrees now instead of -5 or -9 and lots of slush.... piles of snow up to the skies still but the streets are slush.
Posted By: d1ggitydan on January 28th, 2011 at 09:30AM PST
Ed, thanks for answering these/my questions.

First, there´s nothing wrong with that jacket and it suits you, seriously and I wasn´t so much about image and I totally understand that there
are times when you just wanna dress they way you feel or it fits to the occasion.

Actually I think it´s more then just okay to give a little something different to your clothing choises then just pulling out some style of
some culture.It´s fine if you don´t feel the need to express your
interessts through your clothes all the time.

And although I´ve seen you wearing that jacket at your exhibitions before, ( and that green pullover as also on that picture I have with you;) to me that choise just fitted most perfectly with what I thought people expect of an artist and an event like that, there.
Like we agreed on that „more traditional“ aspect.
So that´s why I somehow made that jacket a subject here.

But that picture I have is an good example.
To me it feels more like having a photo with Ed Templeton the artist
than Ed Templeton the skateboarder.It would be different if that was at some demo in the states and yeah that´s because of the situation and maybe also the clothing.

I can imagine that it sometimes might feel strange, looking back where you started and having first exhibitons to now beeing that successful
and yeah, portraited in a jacket.

As you said it´s okay when people don´t know all the aspects of you
and maybe it´s better, so you don´t need to please every single perspective a person has on you.
That can definitely be communicated through clothes as well.

Feeling preasure?
Well I am not that crazy or juvenile to judge someone by his clothing choises alone, but I know that we all do to a certain degree, like said before we use it for communication.

But beeing afraid or feeling preasure of maybe loosing recognition or credibility cause some folks can´t draw the line, I don´t think that´s neccessary in anyway.

But yeah, maybe some kid sees you at your opening and thinks,
that guy looks just like my dad.
But he´s propably not there cause he thinks that guylikemydad
makes cool art and I know him from the „guys like dad“ magazine.

So if I´ll make it to copenhagen I´ll bring a jacket and two coffee
mugs to get you a shot with a real lame pawn.
It will look like a work party;)
Thanks again.
Posted By: S van on January 28th, 2011 at 11:17AM PST
I only found this post from your link on Facebook. The site is acting weird.

Maybe slap a Coca Cola logo on that painting's vulva. Then America would be ok with it. Jk. It's funny, you say americans are pussies for not showing a pussy.
Anyway, it's Biology. It's not like the devil decided to create penises to undermine good ol' wholesome society.

"Over 100 years before the one you are thinking about..."
What am I thinking about? I think I know that I don't know something.

Ed's buying a suit..oh no. jk. RVCA signature suit?

I think that clip has the most of Kevin talking i've ever seen.

Can't skaters basically wear whatever the hell you want? Sure, you'll get messageboard heat. but dudes like Greco and Patrick Melcher. Braydon too. I dunno. I don't think we'll see ed wearing track shoes, jeans from Costco, in total Dad mode.
Posted By: Jgonzalez on January 28th, 2011 at 12:51PM PST
KFC recipe is out there.

http://theinternettoday.net/pics/kfcs-top-secret-11-herbs-and-spices-revealed/
Posted By: Jgonzalez on January 28th, 2011 at 01:00PM PST
I was just in Vienna over the holidays. I went to MUMOK, which has a good exhibit entitled, THE MODERNS, which chronicles the thought and development of recent modern art movements. MUMOK was also full of Chuck Close pieces and, in general, was very inspiring. But the Hundertwasser Haus, where I saw a Rene Burri exhibit, was the most inspiring, for sure. But i probably won't be making it to budapest :( Nevertheless, congrats edward
Posted By: vinny on January 28th, 2011 at 06:01PM PST
Jgonz- I was trying to figure that out too haha. Is it a camera or a gun or what? haha. I'm clueless.

Congratulations on the show
Posted By: Mike on January 28th, 2011 at 06:07PM PST
Vinny, we saw the Rene Burri exhibit at the KunstHaus too! Loved it. That's crazy we were in the same place.
Posted By: ed on January 28th, 2011 at 10:03PM PST
this is what I was talking about:

http://www.google.com/images?q=shoot+all+skaters&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi&biw=1426&bih=927
Posted By: ed on January 28th, 2011 at 10:04PM PST
Fuck. I thought about that berrics thing for a little.

I remember when that was cool, when the berrics were cool before the internet started to hate Berra.

I also remember when it was new and a dude at a shop logged onto the berrics then he started tripping over that logo. about it being clever and whatever. When Berrics gear was in shops.

Fuck. Now it's so obvious.

Dan,I saw your comment on Youwillsoon. It's a small blogosphere. I was never really into pro model boards. Mostly i'd get psyched on a video and get a logo board. The only pro model I've owned was an Ethan Fowler Foundation.
But what you said is true, kids eat up Dyrdek's board. They put names on boards for a reason too.
Posted By: Jgonzalez on January 28th, 2011 at 10:36PM PST
I like that logo and I don´t think they copied it.
The term of shooting pictures is propably as old as photography itself.
So that´s actually a very simple, but visual good idea.

With things like that it´s just a matter of time till that idea drops into the head of someone.That Logo fits perfectly for skateboarding now, but was also perfect to explain it back then.

Maybe the aspect of violence has a bigger meaning with the old one,
as there are or were cultures who believed, you´re soul gets taken when beeing photographed.

But it actually still happens in our modern culture where images have so much power to make or ruin people´s lifes.
So yeah you can propably "kill" with a camera.

And as Jgonz said the internet and people´s talk have a mayor role
in that too.I don´t know what´s the problem with the berrics.Someone
please explains to me. I thought with 200 Million clicks a year almost everyone watches and likes it.
Posted By: S van on January 29th, 2011 at 03:49AM PST
waiting for Dan´s lurking class;)
Posted By: S van on January 29th, 2011 at 04:09AM PST
who cares what he fucking wears .........
Posted By: daryl on January 29th, 2011 at 03:33PM PST
^^
Hardcore dude is too Punk Rock to care about his clothes.
Posted By: Jgonzalez on January 29th, 2011 at 08:38PM PST
So. Chris Senn is off Emerica?
Posted By: Jgonzalez on January 29th, 2011 at 09:04PM PST
It's strange, I'm all like "I hate this place! Everyone is unfriendly, people hate each other,its cold, politics are rotten etc." and then comes Ed and really loves this city. Perhaps it's a difference when you actually live there, or I pay too much attention to the haters instead of doing my thing I don't know... And I didn't even go to the exhibitions....
Posted By: ex royal on January 31st, 2011 at 12:37PM PST
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