Second Coming comes to Bemis

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June 14th, 2011

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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.

Artist Leslie Diuguid portrays athletes making clumsy mistakes, in her spoof on the Second Coming. (Image courtesy Bemis Underground)

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.

“For those who refuse to continue to listen to the Bible, they’re satisfied with their church, with their creeds, with their confessions,” Camping said, speaking on Family Radio, before May 21st, 2011 had come and gone. “For them, Christ is coming as a thief in the night.”

Camping’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.

“This is my own version of how ridiculous this story can be to someone who doesn’t understand it so great, and that’s me,” Diuguid said.

Leslie Diuguid's work is on display in the Bemis Underground's Power Tower exhibit through July 2nd. (Image courtesy Bemis Underground)

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.

“The only problem with these athletes is they’re just regular human beings,” she said. “So they have all of these slip-ups and clumsy falls. You can’t hold people in such high esteem, when we’re all just Jo Schmos trying to make it in the world.”

Diuguid’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.

“A lot of fine art…it’s just a big joke,” she said. “There’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, there’s something hilarious in the underbelly of it, like this weird misunderstanding of religion that I’m hitting on.”

Power Tower runs through July 2nd at the Bemis Underground.

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