Arts+Culture

Arts+Culture

We Are the Eighth Day, © Melanie Weidner

On Art

Cast Your Net Again

In Daniel Bonnell's Cast Your Net Again the fishing net teems with life and so does the whole image. The strong diagonals played against the organic water forms create a dynamic tension. The drama is heightened by swirling brushstrokes, hot and cool colors, and high contrast. All this activity is set amid the quieter symbols of cross, morning, light and dark, height and depth. The painting (oil on canvas) hangs at Bethlehem Bible College in the Palestinian West Bank.

 —Lois Huey-Heck

On Art

The Shinkansen Series: Tokyo to Osaka / March 2010

These photos by Tim Lisko bring to mind fields of birch trees, beaches, ocean and skylines—or they may be seen as elements of pure design, strips and strings of light and dark, of shading and repetition. The Indiana-based Lisko took these photos while traveling on a bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka. High train speeds and lengthened exposures create an image so blurred as to produce strong patterns, lines, colors, depths—"something," the photographer notes, that "turned out to be a sense of balance, of simplicity, of stillness." A quote from poet and professor Lionel Basney speaks of the profound reengagement that photo­graphs like these hint toward: "The question is, have you met whatever you take to be nonnegotiable—God, the divine, death, the ultimate ground of being—and held that encounter until the other declared its name?"


—Lil Copan

Film

Hereafter

Directed by Clint Eastwood

A  plethora of films deal with the afterlife, the shady domain Hamlet calls "that undiscovered country." From them could be built a looming tower of unanswered questions and unreliable answers.