Surrealism & Zen: Sculptures by 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 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 S "The full-grown man aspires to pierce through the heavens: Let him not walk in the footsteps of the Buddha!" Ts'ui-yen (翠巖可眞)  (The Golden Age of Zen 270, 323 n.59)

Letter S
“The full-grown man aspires to pierce through the heavens:
Let him not walk in the footsteps of the Buddha!”
Ts’ui-yen (翠巖可眞)
(The Golden Age of Zen 270, 323 n.59)

"An eternity of endless space: A day of wind and moon." (The Golden Age of Zen 246, 322 n.2)

“An eternity of endless space:
A day of wind and moon.”
(The Golden Age of Zen 246, 322 n.2)

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)

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)

Letter T "Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself." Zenrin Kushû  (The Way of Zen 134, 222)

Letter T
“Sitting quietly, doing nothing,
Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.”
Zenrin Kushû
(The Way of Zen 134, 222)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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  達磨四聖句

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
達磨四聖句

Letter D "Away with your delusive thoughts!"  "Don't be deluded!"  Ch'an master Wu-ye (Mugõ, 760-821)

Letter D
“Away with your delusive thoughts!”
“Don’t be deluded!”
Ch’an master Wu-ye (Mugõ, 760-821)

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 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 U "What is inexpressible is inexhaustible in its use." A Chinese Zen master (The Golden Age of Zen 253, 322 n.19)

Letter U
“What is inexpressible is inexhaustible in its use.”
A Chinese Zen master (The Golden Age of Zen 253, 322 n.19)

Fundamentals is a series of virtual sculptures, by Christoph Ruprecht, inspired by surrealism and zen, with each sculpture resembling a certain essential in life. The accompanying captions below each image explain the fundamental principles that the artworks represent or wish to draw out of the viewer. The sculptures are three-dimensional and layered, with gradients creating optical illusions. Ruprecht strongly utilizes negative space to make his objects float in their environment. They are framed in white, but all of the sculptures, at some point, extend outside of the frame, adding to the unreality of it all. Ruprecht more specifically describes these works:

The Illustrations themselves are a meditation on zen-related themes such as minimalism, repetition, balance and achieving the supernatural through the ordinary.

In the spirit of meditation, look into the images for a while, let the gradients move your eye, and mentally engaging yourself into the environments that Ruprecht created.

>> See more of Christoph Ruprecht’s work at crispycrystal.com.

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