Joakim Lloyd Raboff

Joakim Lloyd Raboff

Member of the Swedish Artists’ Association. Born in Los Angeles in 1963. Currently living in Vejbystrand in southwestern Sweden. Educated at Gotland's Art School in the early 1990s and then in the 1990s, educated in digital artistry at LBS in Varberg, Sweden. About my "Resurfaced" series. 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 at the time of capture, 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 create 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 – each and every time they look at them. A fluid socio-archeological adventure. 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

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