College of Arts and Science
MFA, University of Kentucky, KY, 2010
BA, Asbury College, KY, 2006
Travis Shaffer is a member of ABC [Artists’ Books Cooperative], an international group of book artists, and runs a risograph publishing imprint called theretherenow.
Shaffer is currently working on two projects: ColorShift and Nemesis. 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. Nemesis: a photography based artist’s book exploring the built environment of southwestern Pennsylvania as a point-of-entry into the perilous economic structures underpinning a lapse in American optimism.
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;