The Greek artist studied mathematics (1975-1980) and theology (1980-1982) at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Tanimanidis sketches out his ideas for his works in pencil, making a number of drawings that help to analyze and clarify his conceptual starting point. He creates constructions on walls and from the ground up, using iron, springs, rubber and paper as building materials, fitting them together densely. In this way, a competitive relationship emerges between these assorted media. These constructions are built by assembling metal, sheet metal and welded wires, punching, cutting and binding them together and then connecting them to his drawing completed on paper. Thus, like a handcrafted collage, he creates works that are perforated and cross weaved with irregular contours.
The artist attempts, in various ways, to puncture the sculptural volume of a piece, sometimes using partitions that form a sort of mesh pattern or by condensing the size. With a sense of ingenuity and conscious innocence, Tanimanidis launches a mental game of reversals – exchanging roles and positions. The space functions as a force field – a chain of transfers and replacements – projecting a confrontation of properties and actions. Examples of the latter include opposing forces such as: the vacuum vs. fullness, heavy vs. light, the external vs. the core, concealment vs. revelation, the surge vs. the drop, attraction vs. expulsion, pull vs. push, etc.
Panagiotis Tanimanidis, The Sea in your Mirror, 1997, Mixed media on board, 99 x 69 cm