Synthetic Suburbia is a culmination of years of looking at the place where I live and the peculiarity of it. I have travelled all over the world and there is no place as strange as Huntington Beach. Primarily known as a photographer documenting the people and culture surrounding the iconic pier in Huntington Beach, California, Ed Templeton’s Synthetic Suburbia is a survey of new paintings and drawings directly inspired from this emersion into his coastal suburban environment. Synthetic Suburbia extends Templeton’s diaristic observances into a compelling visual analysis of the concrete xperiences, perceptions, and idiosyncrasies of this hyper-local existence. I'm obsessed with watching people walking along the sidewalks here, and of course the whole circus of humanity down at the beach. The young girls, the old men in rascal scooters, bike riders and their shadows.