CM: In all his work George Samaras deals with the idea of artistic recycling and utilizing found objects or everyday waste. His materials - paper; plastic; metals; and broken machines - are remains of human usage, which the artist accumulates and salvages from the trash. In 1999 began his trademark series entitled 'SamarasShoesArt', using old shoes as raw material, which he uses in endlessly diverse ways, demonstrating unparalleled inventiveness. Samaras' Charming Monster belongs to a series of works that were created from shoes in response to the requirements of a thematic exhibition dedicated to the kite. This monster is unique in its guise as a kite, by the fact it is made entirely from a single shoe, whose interior opens and whose sole comes out in a way that forms a head. The lace, which is attached by ring on its nose in between the nostrils, is part of the kite's string. The swellings perimetrically around the face refer to the vital parts of the kite - its tail and flaps. The red color -also recycled material- is intense with an aim to attract the viewer's attention. The creature's countenance with its bulging eyes and the enormous nostrils is clearly the result of fertile imagination an a combination of Chinese dragons and mythical monsters. Despite being a monster, it appears to be sweet and made to look girly.
[Megakles Rogakos 10/2007]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens