Travis Jeppesen (b 1979) is the author of the novels Victims, Wolf at the Door, and The Suiciders, as well as two volumes of poetry and a collection of art criticism, Disorientations: Art on the Margins of the “Contemporary”. In 2018, his nonfiction novel, See You Again in Pyongyang, about his time living and studying in North Korea, was published. His essays and criticism have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, Artforum, Afterall, Art in America, Texte zur Kunst, Flash Art, Bookforum, Spike, Frieze, and Mousse, among other publications. In addition to his art criticism, he is known as the creator of object-oriented writing, a metaphysical form of writing-as-embodiment that attempts to channel the inner lives of objects. His first major object-oriented writing project, 16 Sculptures, was published in book format by Publication Studio, featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial as an audio installation, and was the subject of a solo exhibition at Wilkinson Gallery in London. He is the recipient of a 2013 Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital / the Warhol Foundation, and has taught as a visiting lecturer in Critical Writing in Art and Design at the Royal College of Art, where he completed his PhD in 2016. His calligraphic and text-based art work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Wilkinson Gallery (London), Exile (Berlin), and Rupert (Vilnius). Jeppesen is based in Shanghai, where he teaches writing at the Institute for Cultural and Creative Industry at Shanghai Jiaotong University. His new collection of essays, Bad Writing, was recently published by Sternberg Press.
Sheila Miyoshi Jager, North Korea: Where Everything Is Forbidden Unless It Is Allowed, The New York Times, July 13th 2018
William J. Simmons, Travis Jeppesen Wilkinson Gallery, Artforum, August 2014. Image: Courtesy the Artist.
Andrew Gallix, Language is a Whore: An Interview With Travis Jeppesen, 3am, July 14th, 2007. Photography: Sue de Beer.