A sculptor whose work typically includes colored neon light, Antonakos focused almost entirely on drawing during a six-month stay in Berlin in 1980, adopting the new medium of colored pencil on plastivellum, a French synthetic support that lends translucency and smooth texture to his work. "J#6" dates from that period and is an example of the close conceptual relationship between Antonakos's drawings and his neon sculptures. Its simplified composition reduced to a basic geometric form on a deep color field achieves a special luminosity from the shimmering effect of the small, irregular hatch marks of the background.
Untitled (J#6 Berlin)
Colored pencil on plastivellum.
17 x 14 inches (432 x 355 mm)
Gift of Michael and Juliet Rubenstein.
Signed across the bottom in graphite, "J#6 Antonakos 1980 Berlin".
The Drawing Room, East Hampton, NY; acquired by Michael and Juliet Rubenstein in 2007.