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Stephen Antonakos, Walk-On Neon (detail), 1968, glass, metal, neon, 10 x 9 x 12'.

Stephen Antonakos

Stephen Antonakos, Walk-On Neon (detail), 1968, glass, metal, neon, 10 x 9 x 12'.

TOWARD THE END OF THE 1960s, I was very interested in making large neon works that defined or redefined space. In 1968 I made Red Neon from Wall to Wall, a two-foot-high by two-foot-deep bar of red neon that horizontally spanned the Fischbach Gallery’s twenty-foot-long space at waist height. You could enter the room from the west doorway or the north door, but you could not cross over. The colored light was tremendous. It held us in its intensity, as if the present moment were being extended. Later that year, I did the Walk-On Neon, which consisted of a nine-by-twelve-foot glass floor with straight and curved horizontal neon lines underneath and tall bands shooting up through the center of the room. This was the last work I made that involved the neons going on and off in timed patterns.

When the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s “Art and Technology” project came along, it sounded

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