MFA Alumnus Artist Talk - Travis Shaffer
Travis Shaffer [b. 1983, Pennsylvania] is an Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at the University of Missouri working in photography and artist publishing.
In 2010, Shaffer received an MFA from the University of Kentucky and is became a member of the international collective of book artists called [abc] Artist’s Books Cooperative. Shaffer’s artist’s books are housed in public and private collections including MoMA’s and SFMoMA’s Artist’s Books Collections (New York + San Francisco); the Tate Library and Archives (London); Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book + Manuscript Library (New Haven); FRAC Pouitou-Charentes (Angoulême) and have been exhibited in galleries and museums including C/O Berlin and the Museum Brandhorst (Germany); Gagosian Galleries (New York, Paris, and Beverly Hills), Arts Santa Monica (Barcelona), FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen. Shaffer’s works have also been included in major photography and book art festivals and fairs including Les Rencontres d'Arles (Arles, FRA), Brighton Photo Biennial (Brighton, UK), Printed Matter’s NY and LA Art Book Fairs; Offprint Paris, Offprint London.
Currently, Shaffer runs the publishing imprint theretherenow which publishes risograph printed photo-adjacent artist books, the THERE, THERE quarterly and organizes ColorShift: a comprehensive research project to develop a catalog of experimental color models for risograph printing that will specifically recall both the conventionally incomplete and beautifully distinctive color rendering of historical photographic processes and methods as well as working against the default color models of the digital workflow.
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Top image: excerpt of sample spread from ISSUE FIVE of the THERE, THERE quarterly