For the last four years, I’ve been working on a series called “Resurfaced“. These pieces are created from surfaces that I’ve discovered and documented during travels to Asia, America, Africa, and Europe.
Each surface typically has four dimensions; length, height, depth – and time. By virtue of the location where each was discovered, these compositions are essentially ephemeral. Over time, whatever grabbed my attention and inspired me, will inevitably change.
I am particularly intrigued by surfaces with printed postings, wanted/missing ads, public announcements, graffiti, social and political manifestos, and so on. Some surfaces have layers upon layers of paint, cracks, repairs, and often unascertainable materials or barely legible messages that just cry out to be chronicled.
Not always, but often, I use multiple surfaces – juxtaposing them to reveal and/or hide elements – and thereby creating entirely new compositions, new surfaces with often only partially told or fragmented histories. Just like when I stood there and marveled at the surfaces, somewhere in the world, I want the viewer of my work to also discover something new – every time they look at them.
Regardless of medium, whether I’m painting, filming, photographing or writing, I tend to put a great deal of trust in serendipity. While there’s always some level of structure in every project I undertake, the real magic emerges when I manage to keep the process fluid – and wholeheartedly embrace unpredictability.
Joakim Lloyd Raboff