ASTERIS GKEKAS Dreamwalkers: Amadeus 2009 - x +

CN: GkeA2009amad

MT: acrylic and gold on wood and iron (170x32x26)

TX: signed at the back of base in Greek <A. Gkekas>

DN: Ms. Vassiliki Drepaniotou - 2009

LC: ACG - Office of Human Resources

CM: Amadeus is part of the Dreamwalkers series that Gkekas began in 1993 and continues. The Dreamwalkers present with shoe-lasts shoes of major personalities whose work gave a boost to civilization. The very way Gkekas uses shoe-lasts is as a vehicle that allows his subjects to take off. it seems they have left their traces through their steps. Gathered together the Dreamwalkers create an installation of a procession with referrence to the future quality of the 'past'. They p ropose an optimistic way to the future based on the values of the past. The shoe-lasts are charged emotionally owing to the fact they were originally used by shoe menders in the past. They bear traces of time upon them, which the artist appropriates.

The name 'Amadeus' is the homely extract of the Austrian musician and composer Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart (1756-1791) who is considered to be the largest and most authentic musical talent ever. The impression of the sensitivity of Amadeus' music has given a playful polychromy in the style of celebration at the shoe's forepart. The cheerful patterns with circles evoke the element of winding that is reminiscent of Vienna's golden period. They are differentiated by lines, strips and roads. The dark purple color on the heel at the shoe's rear refers to Amadeus' funerary 'Requiem'. According to Gkekas, "It would become a successor of Amadeus to wear such conspicious shoes".

[Megakles Rogakos 11/2009]