Monday, May 27, 2013

Found treasures

Sometimes I see it and then paint it.
Other times I paint it and then I see.

Jasper Johns

Things are because we see them, and what we see and how we see it, depends on the Arts that have influenced us.
To look at a thing is very different from seeing a thing.
One does not see anything until one see its beauty.
Then, and then only, does it come into existence.

Oscar Wilde
The Decay of Lying.

Society saves useful things and throws away useless things.
Every person adheres to the common systems of language and signs, as well as generally valid meanings.
But I attach a greater importance to those things which are thought to be useless and are thrown away and I respect them more.

Noriyuki Haraguchi
Catalogue Raisonne 

Seeing and knowing:
First, put aside the desire to judge immediately, acquire the habit of just looking.
Second, do not treat the object as an object for the intellect.
Third, just be ready to receive, passively without interposing yourself.

Soetsu Yanagi
The Unknown Craftsman

A treasure is something that has lain hidden for so long that the rightful owner can no longer be ascertained.
German Code of Civic Law 984

all quotes from Found Treasures. Herman Junger and the Art of Jewellery.
edited by Florian Hufnagl
Thames and Hudson