My Temple, My Prison
A work by Erik Adriaan van der Grijn
Curated by Frederick Ted Castle with a paragraph from his essay, THE SOUL OF VAN DER GRIJN, written for the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, on the occasion of van der Grijn’s’ exhibition there, Apri1,1999 ..
.This slogan does not mean simply that a place of sanctity is a place of incarceration—it is one’s own place of worship, which might not resemble a church at all, that imprisons one’s self. This motif, My Temple, My Prison, is not merely an anti-clerical or atheistic attitude, but I would say it does mean that we are victimised by our own beliefs. But we all are—it is not only those of the opposing group who are deluded into protesting their correctness, innocence, blame or whatever they believe: everybody jails themselves. Curiously, while I have been writing this essay the “triar of President Clinton has been unfolding in the American Senate. Even though it is clear that Clinton will remain in office, his enemies refuse to give up. There is a concept in American politics known as “bi-partisanship”. In the case of this sleazy Washington scandal, all the Senators remain locked up in their own avowals. Nobody will break out of prison—otherwise known as crossing party lines—and as a result the President wins.
AN EVENT THAT TOOK PLACE FEBRUARY 13, 1999
AT VAN DER GRIJN’S STUDIO BROOKLYN, NEW YORK.