Norwegian artist Torbjørn Rødland (b. 1970) lives and works in Los Angeles, USA and Oslo, Norway. Rødland studied at the National College of Art and Design, Bergen and Rogaland University Centre, Stavanger. As an LA based photographer, he constructs portraits, still lives and landscapes, which simultaneously inhabit, defamiliarize and disrupt the realm of the everyday. By staging scenarios that appear both familiar and banal, Rødland’s photographs are embedded with an underlying lyrism and poetic language that emerges from the artist’s reconfiguration of cultural symbols and imagery.
Rødland’s works hold the viewer’s gaze through a pleasure in the act of looking, as well as the enigmatic and uncertain nature of their meaning. His work often inhabits and plays with the familiar space of commercial photography with its highly constructed, predetermined and at times fetishistic approach to subjects, objects and materials. Several recurring trtpes within Rødland’s images are food like cake, banana, oranges, close ups of body parts and related accessories hands, knees, feet, and torsos are partnered with pads, socks and tattoos, whilst viscous substances, such as honey and paint flow over these subjects. Rødland’s visual compositions initiate a desire and curiosity in the viewer. We are drawn in by what appears to be the candidness of an advertisement but then these images quickly rupture our expectations.