151 Images and an Essay
Known since the 1960s for his transformative use of neon in sculpture, Antonakos through the decades has similarly advanced the formal possibilities of abstract geometry with his drawings. This hand-sized book contains a 151 page photographic essay of Antonakos' famous neons and drawings spanning five decades of work, plus a new essay by Nathan Kernan.
The artist's two newest neon Panels, Oath and Arrival, appear at the beginning of the book. Both works extend Antonakos's engagement with Panels constructed of related planar segments with, for the first time, sections set on the diagonal -- an innovation which gives more presence to their internal areas of reflected neon color. Antonakos has said, I considered using this kind of diagonal in the early 1990s, but first I wanted to make a certain number of the sectioned Panels with straight horizontal and vertical elements for myself . . . . By 2007, I was ready for the diagonal element, and I placed the first one, Entry, in the Athens retrospective.
Also reproduced in the book are series of Antonakos's newest colored pencil on vellum drawings from the Winter Series, whose various treatments -- cutting, folding, crumpling -- take them into the realm of sculpture.
An Incomplete Blue Neon Square from the mid-1970s and models and drawings for large-scale neon sculptures from the late 1960s are vivid reminders of Antonakos's long involvement with the interactions of geometry, color, scale, light, and space. The book is published on the occasion of the exhibition at David Krut Projects and Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, Stephen Antonakos: Here and Beyond. Opening September 17, 2008 and September 18, 2008. With special thanks to James Casey, Book Designer, Benjamin Tiven for Digital Imaging, and Domine Press Ltd. Singapore, Dominie Press Pte Ltd., Singapore, notably: Emma Neubronner, Eugene Oh and Mr. Oh Teng Hin, for their generous help with this project.
Essay by Nathan Kernan
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