Second Coming comes to Bemis
June 14th, 2011
Omaha, NE – Now at the Bemis Underground: An irreverent and comedic look at what our world might be if in fact the Rapture had occurred, as predicted, on May 21st.
Harold Camping, who recently suffered a stroke, sparked a media-soaked movement calling for the world to prepare for the Second Coming, which he predicted would take place May 21st.
â€œFor those who refuse to continue to listen to the Bible, theyâ€™re satisfied with their church, with their creeds, with their confessions,â€ Camping said, speaking on Family Radio, before May 21st, 2011 had come and gone. â€œFor them, Christ is coming as a thief in the night.â€
Campingâ€™s prediction has now inspired local artist Leslie Diuguid to transform it into an irreverent twist on the entire Rapture story, in her exhibit Power Tower.
â€œThis is my own version of how ridiculous this story can be to someone who doesnâ€™t understand it so great, and thatâ€™s me,â€ Diuguid said.
Diuguid said she is not religious, but is curious about Biblical stories, and how else they might be interpreted. In her exhibit, Diuguid creates a post-Rapture world where sinners left behind begin to idolize members of the community, particularly athletes.
â€œThe only problem with these athletes is theyâ€™re just regular human beings,â€ she said. â€œSo they have all of these slip-ups and clumsy falls. You canâ€™t hold people in such high esteem, when weâ€™re all just Jo Schmos trying to make it in the world.â€
Diuguidâ€™s paintings show baseball players getting easy strikes, relay runners tripping and ending up face-first on the tracks. So, is Diuguid drawing comparisons with idolizing God? Well, she said, perhaps. People can draw their own conclusions, but the main thing, she said, is not to take it too seriously.
â€œA lot of fine artâ€¦itâ€™s just a big joke,â€ she said. â€œThereâ€™s always some kind of underlining of comedy within everything. And a lot of stuff that they try to sell like overly high fine art, thereâ€™s something hilarious in the underbelly of it, like this weird misunderstanding of religion that Iâ€™m hitting on.â€
Power Tower runs through July 2nd at the Bemis Underground.
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