THE TEMPLE OF THE DRAGON AT PEACE, 2012
Fabric, chicken wire and glue. Fifteen sculptures measuring between 20x15 cm up to 120x50 cm.
The sculptures are placed in the same order as the stones of the Ryôan-ji Zen garden in Kyoto, Japan. The location is the top floor of an abandoned car park at Telefonplan where the installation was installed for one day. The work was later exhibited at the Konstfack student gallery where both the photos of the original installation and the sculptures was included.
The temple of the dragon at peace: Introduction by Magnus Lindén
Staring at the covered creatures, I'm confused. "What the hell am I looking at?" They make no sense, yet display tremendous depths. Like a Zen koan they are a mysterious riddle promising the fruits of illumination. As if I look at them long enough maybe I'll understand. So I stare... The Temple of the Dragon at Peace, influenced by the namesake Ryôan-ji rock garden in Kyoto, is an odyssey of urban environments, littered objects and hard asphalt. The grey, tamed nature of the city is an artificial landscape all too well-known to the modern human. Through a careful arrangement of undefined entities it becomes animated. By peeling the layers of our perception other dimensions appear before us. The road markings are not what they seemed to be anymore. An abandoned parking lot becomes a portal to an oasis in the desert. Lumps of cloth become a crowded savannah.
While staring, I'm pondering. "What is Buddha?" – "Three pounds of flax."