Barry McGee, Ed Templeton and Raymond Pettibon represent – everyone for himself – the subcultural worlds of skateboarding, graffiti and punk. They are classified as underground-heroes, who are established in the top class of contemporary fine arts.
In april their different artworks were presented for the first time as an art group exhibition:
“McGee’s sad, sullen faces and neon-colored geometric panels reflect the archetypal image of man overpowered by omnipresent media, Templeton’s portraits of suburban youths perfectly illustrate the harsh alienation of teenage life, while Pettibon’s drawings and paintings focus sharply on issues of personal/social unrest, life during war and the constant power struggle between a man and his destiny.”
The immediate vicinity between the artworks of the three during the exhibition, will not only allow space for their individual styles, but sets up an amazing similarity for the spectators at the same time.
The group exhibition McGee. Templeton. Pettibon. at the Circle Culture Gallery in Berlin is curated by Aaron Rose and supported by Modart. I took some shots of the inspiring artworks of these three iconic figures of the urban art movement.