The Monaco artefact is the result of the author’s longest and, at the same time, most favourite artistic challenge.
Its beginnings go back to 2009. Roman Grešák, enchanted by his visit to the second smallest country in the world, felt a need to turn his overwhelming emotions aroused by Monaco into a material format that is able to convey the character of genus loci. A format that captures its specific attributes – luxury, variety, attractiveness.
The first step toward that aim was the selection of material. Monaco is a combination of gold, diamonds and a meteorite. The gold, taking form of tabs, is very precisely placed in the midst of the meteorite. The combination of gold and meteorite is the author’s favourite. He has already employed it with success in his previous work Mole for Sale.
After all, gold has always been an object of desire and conquest, a traditional symbol of power and wealth. It is one of the most popular materials in fine arts. Its plasticity predestines gold for use in the creation of various metamorphoses and manifestations. Conversely, the meteorite is not a common artistic material, and is not at all malleable and formable. This is also an expression of how the author perceives Monaco, the country of many faces.