BGC Museum Exhibit: Picturing the Parables

Speck and Plank (video)
Amber Block   Wood sculpture and video  2009

Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye. (Matthew 7:3-5)

Block’s sculpted and painted wooden eye grows in impact when paired with its video companion, which incorporates the creation of the sculpture. The progression of the video image unfurls complex nuances within the parable, expanding its meaning and significance.