Christoph Ruprecht’s Portfolio

7 Jan

Fundamentals : Still Lives

  • “Fundamentals”
    Fundamentals is a series of artworks, inspired by surrealism and zen.
    Each Illustration resembles a certain essential in life which is being expressed through the virtual sculptures.
    The Illustrations themselves are a meditation on zen-related themes such as minimalism, repetition,
    balance and achieving the supernatural through the ordinary.
    © 2011-2012, Christoph Ruprecht,
  • Letter F

    “I would rather sink to the bottom of the sea for endless eons
    than seek liberation through all the saints of the universe.”

    Shih-t’ou (石頭)
    (The Golden Age of Zen 270, 323 n.57)

  • Letter U

    “What is inexpressible is inexhaustible in its use.”

    A Chinese Zen master (The Golden Age of Zen 253, 322 n.19)

  • Letter N

    “Ocean of pure Reality,
    Its substance, in fathomless quiescence,
    exists eternally.”

    Ch’an master Fo-kuang Ju-man (佛光如滿 Bukkõ Nyoman)

  • Letter D

    “Away with your delusive thoughts!”
    “Don’t be deluded!”

    Ch’an master Wu-ye (Mugõ, 760-821)

  • Letter A

    “A special transmission outside the scriptures;
    No dependence upon words and letters;
    Direct pointing at the soul of man;
    Seeing into one’s nature and the attainment of Buddhahood.”

    Daruma no Shiseiku

  • Letter M

    “Speech is blasphemy, silence a lie. Above speech and silence there is a way out.”

    I-tuan (義端)
    one of Nan-ch’uan’s great disciples

  • Letter E

    „Merge your mind with cosmic space,
    integrate your actions with myriad forms.“

    Ch’an master Hung-chih Cheng-chüeh
    (宏智正覺 Wanshi Shõkaku, 1091-1157)

  • Letter N

    „Heaven and earth and I are of the same root,
    The ten-thousand things and I are of one substance.“

    Zen Master Sêng-chao/Sõjõ
    (僧肇 384-414)

  • Letter T

    “Sitting quietly, doing nothing,
    Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.”

    Zenrin Kushû
    (The Way of Zen 134, 222)

  • Letter A

    „Entering the forest he moves not the grass;
    Entering the water he makes not a ripple.”

    Zenrin Kushû (The Way of Zen 152, 224)

  • “An eternity of endless space:
    A day of wind and moon.”

    (The Golden Age of Zen 246, 322 n.2)

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