Travis Diehl lives in Los Angeles. His criticism and reviews appear in The Guardian, Art-Agenda, Frieze, X-TRA, CARLA, Even, Artforum, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Salon. He is a 2013 recipient of the Creative Capital / Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. He serves on the editorial board of X-TRA.
The Jack Box Death Trip: How Ads Promote Progressive Values from Plate to Altar While Still Making Everybody Rich by Travis Diehl
Nearly 100 years ago, Edward Bernays pioneered the wily world of advertising, the manipulative business of telling the public what they want. When a 2012 Jack in the Box ad campaign tossed together corporate damage control, social commentary, and irreverence, a big dash of William Burroughs landed in Bernays’s original recipe.
Universal Steel: Mark di Suvero, Occupy Wall Street, and the Artists’ Tower of Protest by Travis Diehl
In 1966, Mark di Suvero’s Artists’ Tower of Protest, created in collaboration with the Los Angeles–based Artists' Protest Committee, became a lightning rod for the anti-war movement. Over the next 50 years, as the tower was dismantled, reconfigured, and re-contextualized, history has had its intractable way with the original work.