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

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.

mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Centre Square, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS1 2AZ
01642 931232

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