For courtyard's summer entry, we are very happy to present Yannis Maniatakos: The Sea Said Yes, a new text by Chus Martinez.
Yannis Maniatakos (1935 - 2017), was a Greek sculptor and painter who, from 1967 until the end of his life, developed a practice of painting landscapes of the Aegean seabed, while underwater. To do this, he created his own surfaces and paint recipe which he continued to advance throughout his life. Maniatakos' metaphysical underwater paintings capture the freedom and fear of the infinite and the unknown; feelings the artist experienced and contemplated, as he spent hours at a time painting on the seabed, grounded by weights. Born in Flomohori, Mani in 1935 Yannis Maniatakos lived and worked on the island of Tinos. He was the Dean of the Preparatory and Vocational School of Fine Arts in Pyrgos (Tinos) until he retired in 2001.
Chus Martinez' research on the ocean as a space for art, a political space and one of potential for new forms of learning and being, has been enlightening in many ways. In finding out about this extraordinary artist it made sense to invite her to respond to his work.
The text is presented alongside a video of the artist at work, painting at the bottom of the sea, and reflecting on his practice.
Yannis Maniatakos: The Sea Said Yes is the first in a series of new commissioned texts that invite practitioners to respond to a specific work or series, by expressing their immediate thoughts and reflecting their own associations upon their experience.
Yannis Maniatakos, Underwater Painting, super 8 transferred to digital video, 21.15 min, 2012