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ADRIENNE ELISE TARVER
Having and being are two fundamental modes of experience, the respective strengths of which determine the differences between the characters and various types of social character. – Erich Fromm, “To Have or To Be?” (1976)
While a common reaction to seeing a thing of beauty is to want to buy it, our real desire may be not so much to own what we find beautiful as to lay permanent claim to the inner qualities it embodies… What we seek, at the deepest level, is inwardly to resemble, rather than physically possess, the objects and places that touch us. – Alain de Botton, “The Architecture of Happiness” (2006)
I’m interested in things which suggest the world rather than suggest the personality. I’m interested in things which suggest things which are, rather than in judgments. The most conventional thing, the most ordinary thing—it seems to me that those things can be dealt with without having to judge them; they seem to me to exist as clear facts, not involving aesthetic hierarchy. – Jasper Johns, interview with David Sylvester, (1965)