BGC Museum Exhibit: Picturing the Parables

Go Fish
David E. Levine  Manipulated Xerox  2010

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.  (Matthew 4:19, 20)

Levine’s Go Fish is open enough to recall several instances of fishing from Jesus’ ministry. Jesus called Peter and Andrew while they were fishing on the Sea of Galilee, where he told them he would make them fishers of men. Just as Jesus lived and moved among the masses, the foundation of this piece as a Goldfish Snack Crackers package places it within the realm of our common, everyday routines. Much of Levine’s work draws on Jesus’ knack for transforming the mundane moments of our lives into profound spiritual insights. In this piece, the gravity of Jesus’ calling seems to be trivialized. But the playfulness of the imagery belies the seriousness of the proclamation. Looking deeper, Go Fish helps us see that we commonly respond too lightly to the words and message of Christ.