Knut Eckstein

International Bondage, 2021

bamboo, paint on cardboard on digital print, tape, clothesline, 300 x 100 x 80 cm

 

 

"Yoku mireba                                                              "When I look carefully

Nazuna hana saku                                                     I see the nazuna blooming

Kakine hana."                                                               By the hedge!"

 

 

Basho was probably walking along a country road when he noticed something

inconspicuous standing by the hedge. He approached, looked closely and found it to be nothing but a wild plant, which is quite insignificant and usually, passers-by do not pay attention to it. 

 

From: Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki; Erich Fromm; Richard De Martino: Zen Buddhism and Psychoanalysis,  Chapter I, East and West,

New York: Harper (1960).

 

 

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„Yoku mireba                                                               „Wenn ich aufmerksam schaue,

Nazuna hana saku                                                     Seh’ ich die Nazuna

Kakine hana.“                                                               An der Hecke  blühen!“

 

Wahrscheinlich ging Basho eine Landstraße entlang, als er etwas

bemerkte, das unscheinbar an der Hecke stand. Er näherte

sich, sah genau hin und fand, dass es nichts als eine wilde 

Pflanze war, die recht unbedeutend ist und für gewöhnlich von

Vorübergehenden nicht beachtet wird. 

 

aus: Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki; Erich Fromm; Richard De Martino: Zen-Buddhismus und Psychoanalyse, Kapitel I, Ost und West, New York: Harper (1960).

Knut Eckstein

(born in 1968 in Hessen) lives and works in Berlin. Eckstein studied at Hunter College in New York with Robert Morris (1996–98). He previously studied at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen. An important resource for Eckstein's work – be it in plastic or photography – is the built environment. With "poor" found materials, the artist creates stacked works from minimal resources.