The Aesthetic Object

The function of an object as art is to generate aesthetic objects out of its relations to the greater assemblage we call the universe. All art is an achieved anxiety: the ambivalence of an object is in its dual inheritance: the real object forever receding from our grasp withdraws behind the curtains of its own mysterious being, while the sensual object of our phenomenal world forever exceeds our grasp illuminating the surface lights of life like a thousand chinese lanterns; floating like fire wisps or dragons above in the black inscrutable night sky. The unity of these two objects, real and sensual, split as they are serves just that ambivalence of paradoxity we call the aesthetic object.

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