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“Thus, in writing the object (never writing of the object): Deny all perimeters.”

In addition to his work as a novelist, art critic, and poet, TRAVIS JEPPESEN has developed what he terms “object-oriented writing”—writing that enacts a subjective, embodied encounter with and response to art objects. Jeppesen’s texts treat objects as inhabitable. By positioning his own voice within the object, he counters nearly all forms of critical analysis that assume a distance from objects in order to speak about them; as he observes, “Something that is located within an object can never be ‘about’ that object—aboutness is always external.” [From the online exhibition catalogue.]

TRAVIS JEPPESEN 16 Sculptures
Whitney Biennial 2014

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