Travis Diehl’s writing foregrounds the ways in which artistic rhetoric, like that surrounding the Cold War or the War on Terror, has substantial consequences in our shared reality. In this vein, he has reviewed shows by Rigo 23, Jennifer Bolande, Ehren Tool, and Henry Taylor; as well as by younger artists such as Liz Glynn, Matthew Brandt, Fiona Connor, and Candice Lin. He is drawn to the various conceptions of Los Angeles as an art capital, center of industry, and refuge of metaphors.
Travis Diehl received a BA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a dual MFA from CalArts. He writes frequently for Artforum, and has contributed to X-Tra, Art Papers, and Salon, among others—focusing on work that addresses contemporary political issues through irrational and metaphorical arguments. He has also contributed critical texts to various exhibitions at galleries such as Cirrus Gallery and Public Fiction in Los Angeles, Anthony Greaney in Boston, and Curtat Tunnel in Lausanne. In 2012, he founded the arts journal Prism of Reality.