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The Captured Rituals of Iwajla Klinke

by Travis Jeppesen on August 2, 2013

  One of the more pernicious symptoms of global capitalism has been the spread of an overwhelming uniformity of style and appearance that goes under the name of “popular culture.” Like the global spread of English as a lingua franca, (…)

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Forever Okay: The Art of Jimmy De Sana

by Travis Jeppesen on April 14, 2013

Jimmy De Sana believed that the human body was every bit an object as, say, a toilet or a chair. Blend together, mix up the legs of a table, the legs of chairs, the bare legs of a person and (…)

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Oleg Kulik

by Travis Jeppesen on November 9, 2012

“Traversing the grayish tormented geography of the bucolic motherland via these bestial encounters, I was eventually led to question whether I myself could ever be so compelled by nature as to risk suffocation by inserting the entirety of my head (…)

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Hai Bo in Beijing

by Travis Jeppesen on October 16, 2012

“As I drifted through Hai’s works, I wanted each one I saw to be the stuff of my own memories, so intense was the sense, not of déjà vu, but of desiring to inhabit those liminal zones in which you (…)

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Diane Arbus

by Travis Jeppesen on August 27, 2012

“Arbus was the photographer America never wanted, but always deserved. She was the first to show us what’s wrong with the country in a non-documentary way. It’s difficult to imagine how subsequent dissident clickers of the country’s uglier private reaches (…)

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Shadows and Corners: on John Monteith’s recent photos & paintings

by Travis Jeppesen on August 21, 2012

Being & Event: I like it when something happens. “I” and “happening” are the two elements that matter in that sentence, the one word is hard and rigid like a rock, the second more like a spray: happening never solidifies (…)

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John Miller in Cologne

by Travis Jeppesen on June 22, 2011

Miller’s work is always defined by a certain effortlessness at crossing the cerebral with the visual. In this, he is more motivated by his subject matter than any one particular mode of expression or conceptual framework. The result is that (…)

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Attila Richard Lukacs at Johnen Galerie, Berlin

by Travis Jeppesen on June 1, 2011

The resurgent emergence of the Polaroid photograph as a proper medium in and of itself throughout the last decade can, I believe, be attributed to a social anxiety surrounding the increasing digitalization of practically every vital sphere. The Polaroid inevitably (…)

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Robert Mapplethorpe & Sterling Ruby @ Xavier Hufkens, Brussels

by Travis Jeppesen on January 15, 2010

A very strange exhibition, and one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. The show is actually Ruby’s — or more precisely, Ruby selected photographs of Mapplethrope’s and then made sculptural works responding to them. But Ruby’s work (…)

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British Art Now

by Travis Jeppesen on December 5, 2009

My review of the exhibition British Art Now, now online at Artforum.

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