Travis Jeppesen (*1979) is a writer and artist based in Berlin and London.
Jeppesen’s first novel, Victims, was selected by Dennis Cooper to debut his Little House on the Bowery series for Akashic Books in 2003; a Russian translation of the novel was published in 2005 by Eksmo.Jeppesen’s second novel, Wolf at the Door (Twisted Spoon Press), was completed during a residency at the Slovenian Writers’ Association in Ljubljana, and appeared in 2007. In 2006, BLATT Books published a collection of poetry, Poems I Wrote While Watching TV; a second collection, Dicklung & Others, appeared in November 2009.
2008 saw the release of Disorientations: Art on the Margins of the “Contemporary,” a book collecting Jeppesen’s writings on Central and Eastern European art, and the launch of disorientations.com, a “one-man art magazine.” The book was named “Nonfiction Book of the Year” by 3amMagazine.com. His play, Daddy, premiered in June 2009 in Berlin at the HAU Theater.
Jeppesen’s third novel, The Suiciders, was published by Semiotext(e) in 2013; subsequently, he performed “marathon readings” of the entire novel, lasting eight hours without pause, at the ICA in London and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. That year, Jeppesen received an Arts Writers grant from Creative Capital/the Warhol Foundation for both his art criticism and the creation of object-oriented writing, a metaphysics of art writing 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 Whitney Biennial as an audio installation, and was the subject of a solo exhibition at Wilkinson Gallery in London in the summer of 2014.
He has taught as a visiting tutor in the art department at Goldsmiths University and as a visiting lecturer in Critical Writing in Art and Design at the Royal College of Art, where he is currently completing his PhD. His writings on art and aesthetics have appeared in numerous monographs and exhibition catalogues, as well as Artforum, Frieze, Art in America, Flash Art, Art Papers, Dazed & Confused, the Review of Contemporary Fiction, Bookforum, and Texte zur Kunst, among other publications. A collection of novellas, All Fall, will be published in the fall of 2014 by Publication Studio in their “Fellow Travelers” series.
Travis Jeppesen is represented by Wilkinson Gallery, London.