On THINGS TOWARD THINGS
"When I had my children take piano lessons, they began by learning the scale correctly. Likewise, in the beginning, the artist encounters the object that is there just as it is, just for a moment, even if his vision is not perfect. He perceives a slightly objective quality, the form or outline of the object, as something close to what is. It is at this stage that we observe the interactive or ambiguous condition that Merleau-Ponty describes as being seen at the same time as seeing, and seeing at the same time as being seen. As the gaze is turned toward the object the gaze of the object is simultaneously turned toward us. That is, rather than seeing in a way in which one side determines the other, we face each other in an equal relationship in which the gaze from both directions is felt, rather than simply seeing.
-Lee Ufan, The Art of Encounter, p. 110
In the erasure of names, while the press of naming continues, eros moves its blind hand on the unknowable thing, not to discern shape but to achieve a restless, shifting contiguity, to accomplish a touch. Desire is an animal brushing against other animals as they move down to the water.
-Tim Lilburn, Living in the World as if it Were Home, p. 82