1) Large Open Neon, April 10, 1968; 2) Three - Four or Five Corner Sections of Neons, April 10, 1968; 3) Four Side Neon, April 13, 1968; 4) Two Neons Facing Each Other, April 13, 1968; 5) Floor Neon, April 17, 1968; 6) Floor Neons, April 17, 1968 by Stephen Antonakos

The American artist Antonakos is best known for his sculptures in neon light.


Pencil, pencil & Krylon on paper
Each 33.5 x 56 cm
Art Fund grant:
£11,788 ( Total: £11,788)
Acquired in:
Drawing Room Gallery

However, he devised a drawing technique with colouring pencil and vellum that could communicate the throbbing coloured neon lines and its afterimage. Antonakos chose vellum for its luminous translucency. Through his physical imprints the artist was making visible the pulsating movement of the light as it flowed through the glass tubes. His drawing transformed the flat, passive two-dimensions of the vellum into a lively, active surface, a kind of seismographic record of the neon works. The curator from mima visited the artist's studio and these drawings were selected in consultation with the artist. These works were presented by the Art Fund through Art Fund International.


Drawing Room Gallery.

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