BGC Museum Exhibit: Picturing the Parables

We All Got Up to Dance
Gregg Wilimek  Mixed media construction  2003

Then Jesus said to him, “Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. …So the slave returned and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’’’  (Luke 14:16-20)

Wilimek leads us into the parable of The Great Banquet, once everyone has gathered and dinner has concluded.  Even the crippled have now left their crutches and canes at the table to join the dance. Our attention is drawn by converging lines, and even by the setting of a cornfield, to the head of the table where a scarecrow presides. The cruciform under its clothing connects the Christian cross with the human frame and speaks to the underlying structure of divine support. Framed within a wooden construction, this piece connects to the highly symbolic paintings done on church altarpieces during the Middle Ages by creating a small, sacred space that invites quiet, attentive worship.