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Stephen Antonakos

About the artist

1926 - 2013. Stephen Antonakos was born in 1926 in Agios Nikolaos, Laconia. In 1930, he settled with his family in New York where he lived and worked. He has been recognized since the early 1960s for his spare and spatial neon work and his extensive practice of drawings. A strict abstractionist, he characterized his work as "real things in real space" -- direct visual and spatial experience with no illusions, allusions, or references outside the art itself. Along with his major painted or gold-leaf Panels with colored neon light behind their edges and his works on paper and vellum, he is known for his Walls, Meditation Rooms, Chapels, and Artist's Books. For more than four decades he exhibited extensively in New York and throughout the United States, Greece and Europe. Since the late 1970s more than 45 of his large-scale permanent Public Works have been installed in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Irving Sandier's monograph ANTONAKOS was published in 1999 by Hudson Hills Press. In 2007 a retrospective exhibition of his work was presented in Athens, under the title ANTONAKOS: A RETROSPECTIVE. He died in New York in 2013.

About the exhibition

Antonakos's non-objective art has a strong minimalist character and an architectural presence. In the 1960s, he was among the first to use neon as a new material in sculpture. Antonakos has developed a vocabulary based on the dynamic tension between complete and incomplete geometric forms as well as vibrant colors. The dynamic configurations of geometric planes create sensations of motion and depth. In the exhibition at Citronne Gallery, through the presentation of neon, paintings, drawings, and sculptures-models, we aim to investigate the intermedium dialogue of his work as well as the conceptual development of his ideas.

Demosthenis Kokkinidis

Demosthenis Kokkinidis
Demosthenis Kokkinidis
June 16, 2007 - July 4, 2007

Virvili Square
18020 Poros Island

(+30) 697 9989 684

Opening Hours
11.00-13.00 & 19.00-23.00

About the artist

1929 - 2020. Demosthenis Kokkinidis was born in Piraeus in 1929. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1952-1957), with Yannis Moralis and Spyros Papaloukas. He was a founding member of the “Omada Technis Α” group (1962-1967) and the “Association for the Communication and Education through Art” (1976-1981). He was elected professor of the Athens School of Fine Arts (1976) and served as Dean and Associate Dean of the School (1979-1982). He lives and works in Athens.

About the exhibition

Kokkinidis, as a person as well as an artist, is thoughtful, laconic, and essential. His work as well as his thought are characterized by sharp economy of means, verbal or visual. He implies ideas and narratives. His paintings have always provoked different levels of reading, and the work presented in Poros is no exception.

On a first level, what ties this work together thematically is the visual reference - to a greater or lesser degree - to the sea. In his paintings, sea and water become the suggestion of voyage, obtaining a symbolic meaning where the need for decoding is even more intense. The paintings do not refer to the visual reality but are intense mental images of the artist's reflection on both his art and life. As he says, he intended “to demonstrate our primal and enigmatic relationship with the sea; the existential impasse and fear of mortality as well as immobility as a stance for contemplating time.”

Kokkinidis's paintings are not windows to the world but mirrors. They reflect a metaphysical world, in an effort to approach the meta ta physika (“beyond the things of nature”) essence of things.