â€œAll that he doth write / Is pure his own.â€ So a 17th-century poet praised William Shakespeare. This is not actually true.
This month, Hogarth Press published the first entry â€”Â The Gap of Timeby Jeanette Winterson â€”Â in a new collection of novels by todayâ€™s major practitioners that each rewrite one of Shakespeareâ€™s plays.
Istanbul-based artist Sena Runa first explored the craft of paper quilling three years ago while looking for a hobby to fill her spare time. Runa quickly discovered a talent for color and composition when working with paper and it wasnâ€™t long before she began selling pieces online. Her distinct quilling style developed so rapidly she was soon able to quit her job in HR to pursue the craft as a full-time endeavor earlier this year. You can see more of her work onFacebook. (via My Modern Met, All Things Paper).
After witnessing the destruction brought on by hurricanes in Thailand, the Southern U.S. and around the world, Italian sculptor Lorenzo Quinn began creating a series of sculptures titled â€˜Force of Natureâ€™. Made from bronze, stainless steel and aluminum, the sculptures, full of life and energy, depict mother nature hurtling planet earth around in circles. The powerful and furious image is meant remind us of the power of nature and what Quinn describes as our â€œfalse sense of securityâ€ towards it.
In a 21st century take on the traditional Zen sand garden, artist Bruce Shapiro invented the Sisyphus Machine, an elaborate kinetic drawing machine that uses magnets to drag rolling steel marbles through a thin layer of sand to create complicated mandala-like patterns.
Churning and frothing just below the old wooden floor of a former movie theater in San Gimignano, Italy, a mysterious vortex of ominous black water seems to perpetually drain into nothingness. The artwork is a new iteration of artist Anish Kapoor‘s Decension installation that appeared earlier this year in India. The former cinema and theatre space is now the home of Galleria Continua that hosted the exhibition.
In her log paintings, artist Alison Moritsugu faces that strange juxtaposition head-on by choosing a literal meataphorâ€”the remains of downed treesâ€”as a canvas for her bucolic oil paintings of the countryside where that very tree may have once originated.