Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Metaphysics and the Mediterranean Color- HORDAKIS

by Michael Balaroutsos architect

Dimitri Hordakis born in Larissa. 
He graduated from Classical High School and attended Volos "Decoration" and "Graphic Arts" in AT (Doxiadis) with Professor Dimitris Mytaras and then studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti (1977-1980) of Florence, with teacher Silvio Loffredo.
He studied at the School of Conservation (Opificio delle pietre DURE) with Professor Umperto Baldini (1980 - 1984) and then etching and lithography at the School "Il Bisonte" with
professor M. Luigia Guaita.
In 1991 he moved to Paris where he has lived and worked for eight years.
His works are in private and public collections in Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain
and USA.
Lives and works in Athens and Florence.

The work being influenced by metaphysical painting (Giorgio De Chirico) and following the teachings of the metaphysical painting shows a world that is alien to our experiences and our traditional notions of human relationships and things, but not fantastic (metaphysical realism). suggests the existence of another reality, a reality that is in direct relation to the unconscious 
and the world of symbols.
In simple, strictly organized compositions is usually one or two human figures, in a scenic space delimited accurately extending prospective openings, architectural or landscape, which act as a picture within the picture. A technique by association leads us back to Delvo and Magritte. The supernatural atmosphere enhanced by the skillful use of empty space, a filtered light and soft shading highlighting the main motif of the image.The same sense of eerie and enigmatic aura of a world supposedly achieves our familiar still lifes and, where everyday objects appear to start from nothing, an animated presence. Typical is the work on the portrait. In these often dominated by figures who refuse to surrender to the viewer and create
a constant in his work.
Hordakis impress the viewer with the tones used.
Therefore, all the critics talking about the Mediterranean color of his works.

He has received the following awards and prizes:
IVo International Painting Prize "Lampedusa e Linosa, isole dal volto umano" Lampedusa.
- "International Contemporary Art Prize", Campobello di Mazara
- 2nd Prize for "National Contemporary Art Award", "Campobello Di Mazara", Sicily
- At the invitation of the city council Massa Marittima attends the 58th prize
"Balestro del Girifalco" while individual states in the gallery "Ralazzo Pretorio"
- International Painting Prize "Forum Artis Museum", Un operaun museo,
Montese (Modena)
- "XIo edizione Premio Italia", per le arti visive, Certaldo, Florence.
- "Lo Scudo d'oro" (First Prize) in the gallery "La Meridiana", Piacenza
- 2nd Prize in "Onda Verde", Ralazzo del Congressi, Florence.
He has been in many group and solo exhibitions in Greece and abroad.

Figure in Palace

Francesca on Pelio couch


disegno con matite colorate, 50x60, 1986

composizione metafisica,litografia, 1-10,40x33, 1983

Into the blue


n.m. con testa, 40x50, 2000

n.m con violino 60x73, 2000

omaggio a de chirico 50x40 1984

natura morta 46x55 1997

natura morta con basso rilievo greco 80x80 1998

ragazza con la lettera, 18x23, litografia, 1988

paesaggio metafisico 60x40 2000



Serena, 60x50, 1987

tromple oeil, 40x30, 2005
vaso con mano di gesso,40x50,  2008


Revelations about the serpent of Asclepius.(what a story!)

The snake, the symbol-known brand of doctors associated with the easily detected, and the cult sneak-hero Asclepius. Let's see from the beginning. Asclepius, the "super physician, the son of Apollo," the physician "from the mortal Coronis, arrives sometime in the places of worship, transformed into ... snake.
In Sicyon lch. "arrives from Epidaurus in the 5th century. on a trolley, which pulled two mules disguised as a snake "(Pausanias 2 10.. 3). But in the temple of Epidaurus to treat both cases taking the form of a snake (I).
One patient - read in a medicament - "the finger of the foot in the wild tow, ie a wild," malignant "ulcer on the toe was transferred on a stretcher from the servants of Asklepios in inaccessible and there waited .
"Sleep now and the recipient of this, Dragon of the inviolate leave, the finger healed their tongues and it did in the Avaton, departed again. And when she was drugged from sleep, the patient misodiekrine the sacred snake emerges from the inaccessible to licking the language of the wild ulcer and then returns the snake in inaccessible woke up healthy without ulcer.
Asclepius all illustrations shown standing or enthroned having a snake, that the "other self," wrapped around the rod.
The name of Asclepius is not understood yet. But it is likely to be associated with the snake. In this case, the "ASKL '" produced by Askalavo, meaning snake, lizard, reptile.According to Plutarch the EPIUS="-soft" is a second component is generated for the word bland (Plout. 2. 845).
What a serpent?
The word serpent is omorizi the word eye. Both are derived from the subject * op-of-orao I see: I see it (future active. Op-Soma: opsomai. Melon Paz. Op-thisomai? Ofthisomai, POP. Paz. Of thin, etc.)
The snake from the op-or, op-promises to (see). It is the invisible pre-serum (-guard) of the house, the vigilant door-Horus (= doorman) = hours of fine guards, prison) and precious-Horus? Punisher of enemies of the house.
The tradition of the "snake-keeper" of the home, church, mill, warehouse, etc., are very old. The "snake goddesses" guarding the warehouses of the Minoan palace of Knossos (there were) the same as the guard Sosipolis, the savior of the city, Olympia.
Athens protects the housebound serpent, who was a "representation" of Erichthonios Fidou Erechtheos-hero. And when the Persians were approaching in Athens - writes Herodotus - the sacred snake was lost, so the people sided with the view to get out of town to go to ... Koulouri (Irod.8.4! .2.).
The Sosipolis and housebound serpent fed by the priests with honey pies, respectively, as the old millers example of Skyros "... thrown in against MES 'hole in the mill raisins, figs, walnuts, to filepsoun snake - part of mill ... "(See G. Megas, Greek. Festival and folk customs of worship, s.65).
The snake Besides the abort to the skin, renews vitality and thus becomes a symbol of immortality, power, regeneration (in the sense of renewal) and Medicine.
The skin of the snake, which abort the rear of the serpent, and that renewed called old age in ancient Greek!
= Aging skin snake  (fidopoukamiso), deciduous snake skin.
The sneak-hero Asclepius
Why Asclepius was sneak-hero? There was an immortal god? No. He was once an excess. He resurrected a dead man and for that of the transaction, which break through the natural order of things, punished by Zeus. Zeus killed by lightning and in many places was honored as "dead" hero. The dead hero but, according to the primitive faith appear in the form of a snake. This explains the status of sneak-hero Asclepius, where the snake is the "second himself."
This just takes the symbol of today's doctors.

Let's see now, and an interesting text by Mr. Ion Maggos.
Pories The animals are blond show snake mammals, goatee, rarely with small hands.Enormous, as shown in first picture of the terrain.
Pories first image

The head is in  the size of a cow. It is NOT carnivorous and live even today, under the Earth at depths exceeding 150 meters(?)(i'm wonder about).
 Not curl like snakes horizontally on the ground but VERTICAL.When "run" move in a straight, not zig - zag with NATURAL antigravity. It is quite friendly to humans and treatment of all diseases from cancer to madness, thanks to the huge animal magnetism.
Pories 2nd Image

Asclepius uses for: in Asklepieia for all treatments were there. From Madness to cancer, DIRECTLY, the same day. Also if you could not go to the sick go to the next of kin, preferably first grade.Treatment then was through the ethereal connection the two of them.
So you can see in Figure 2 the Poria shoulder of the patient. Of course, using the thumb and beyond "acupuncture."
Figure 1 shows the parents and child to give offerings to the "snake". Crazy; You will judge.
In Thessaloniki, where it was IKEA, a Porias appeared frequently, until the "culture " kicked in from there. Now they hunt relentlessly by the U.S. military forces..
Pories third image

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