For the past five years, I have been working on a project called “Resurfaced”. The purpose of the project is to create compositions of what was unintentionally produced by the urban collective.
My collection of imagery is from surfaces that most people barely notice, especially when the space is often so cluttered with communication that each message becomes fragmented, and, ultimately an abstraction of its original message.
This is when I see something interesting emerge: a unique artifact.
Each of my compositions have four dimensions; length, height, depth – and time. Time? Yes, because the public space where I made the discovery is constantly changing.
Over time, what caught my attention and inspired me to create the composition will inevitably be influenced by the introduction of new elements, physical or meteorological, which will generate completely new or, at least partially new compositions.
I am particularly fascinated by surfaces with multiple layers of printed material, such as public announcements, concerts, shows and event posters, social and political manifestos, lost and found notes. When combined with cracked paint, erosion, and repairs, these resurfaced artifacts become very abstract and enigmatic.
I think there is a socio-archaeological dimension to this project.
November 25, 2021
Joakim Lloyd Raboff