CM: Apostolis Zolotakis' Matrix was created with reference to Lafcadio Hearn. The picture conceptually represents the assimilation of Lafcadio in a new cultural situation to which his soul led - a Western man that was attracted by the Far East to remain known into posterity as Japan's national poet. Zolotakis created a painting using the silkscreen technique. His approach is prescient. First he painted the background weaving colored lines - yellow on a red that creates the impression of orange. According to Zolotakis, these colors reflect par excellence a coherent sense of Japan. Then he drew black vertical and horizontal lines on the silk and by successive printings created a central matrix. Zolotakis' interest for visual rhythm is betrayed by the silver lines that reflect the surrounding 'chiaroscuro' (intense light and shadow) . And while the matrix creates the feeling that it opens to cover the background, at the same time it accentuates the interfering light. The Matrix has elements from the Japanese screen, which allows the light of the background to come forth without revealing the action that takes place behind it. The Matrix allows discerning specks of the background. Within this background the viewer suspects Lafcadio's diffusion into the culture of Japan. The Matrix presents an organizational structure that is vague and multidimensional - just like the world and our society. The Dutch poet Servaas Jansen wrote that Zolotakis' Matrix could be seen as "a 'vanishing moment' of Lafcadio's concentration on shadows of things passing behind a Japanese wicker screen". This idea was translated into sounds by Dutch composer Frans-Jan Wind.
[Megakles Rogakos 09/2009]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn 2009 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens