Antonakis Christodoulou's multifaceted artistic approach, with obvious influences from modernism and the art scene of the “Generation of the 30’s” in Greece, explores the notion of myth within the contemporary context. His interest in pop culture and the use of various different media become an attempt by the artist to register a unique visual language, through the depiction of contemporary mythology and aesthetics from pop culture.
Within this mythological system, Antonakis collects images from everyday life during the tourist season in Kythnos. He observes that, here, tradition is ultimately not rejected. However, it is altered by coexisting with that which is perceived as “modern” today. The aesthetic alterations of contemporary Greece are evident throughout the island. He notices an important detail though. It is in perfect harmony with the energy of the place, almost as if Kythnos is several decades ahead of its time, in terms of various aesthetic rules. He is wondering if a hasty, even cursory, attempt of modernization could lead to the construction of a new aesthetic language. Could the identically dressed locals and young men in colorful Hollister sweatshirts and Havaianas, listening to mixed ‘Foureiras’ in the evening while drinking complicated cocktails, emerge as new monuments - symbols of beauty?
The form and colour choices in the paintings of Antonakis capture both the natural shades of the landscape and the intense artificial tints of todays’ clothes, stores and signs, which occupy the island every summer. Through the choices he makes for the creation of the paintings, we are transported in this space and time, with depictions of a mix of modern and traditional, with what is being accepted or not. Re-appropriating mainstream and pop iconography in a deeply personal way, Antonakis attempts to expand the meaning and practice of myth-making, while contributing to the process of creating a contemporary mythology.