new-york

Stephen Antonakos

Kouros Gallery

Stephen Antonakos revealed here the expressive capabilities of light, the most clear and evincible of elements and one that, during a career now spanning three decades, has served as the artist’s dominant concern. In the group of nine panels featured in this show, he demonstrated anew how light touches on the more mystical realms of mind and spirit. Antonakos has constructed different sized wood panels, each with fronts that have been either painted or covered with gold leaf. Light cast by neon tubes attached to the backs of the pieces appears to create luminous extensions of the actual physical forms. At first glance, these abstract objects seem aloof. While careful study of such formal elements as edge and surface, texture and material yields some information, it is not enough to sustain our interest. Yet gradually the works’ intense spectral energies arouse curiosity. There is something

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