Hanging Neon

Title of ArtworkHanging Neon
Year of Origin1965
    1 m 52.4 cm × 109.22 cm × 55.88 cm; Electrical box: 66.04 × 91.44 × 56.2 cm
    Neon tubes, black paint on metal
Collaboration/Shared Production/Research
    Dallas Museum of Art, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art Fund
    © Stephen Antonakos Studios LLC
Medium/Type of Artwork
Light Source
Light-Optical Factors

Around 1960, when it was becoming clear that neon would be his primary medium, Stephen Antonakos called neon a “controlled paradise.” This phrase indicates both the innate rigor of his vision and his readiness to discover new possibilities. Neon is natural, an element of the earth, Number 10 on the Periodic Table. His art is based on light, scale, proportions, and the relations between geometric forms and their overall relation to their site. It has nothing to do with neon’s previous uses, only with its new capabilities as purely abstract linear and spatial color. Antonakos turned away from illusions, allusions, representations, metaphor and symbol: he defined his art as “real things in real spaces, here and now.”


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