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David Hooker has spent a lot of this Lent playing in the dirt—specifically the dirt of students at Wheaton College, Illinois, where Hooker has taught art for eight years. With help from the Christian college's custodians, he's collected ...

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Bob Concoby

March 30, 2013  3:26pm

Especially at Easter, we see so many violations of the Second Commandment. This is just another in that long line. God is not pleased. How do I know this.... He said so.

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Rick Dalbey

March 29, 2013  12:33pm

The psuedo-intellectual evangelicals at Wheaton are afraid to criticize this installation. It is just like the crowd admiring the King’s new clothes, no one wanted to be known as the one who didn’t get it. We so desperately covet the intellectual respect of the secular world. At least Pollock or Picasso had the guts to apply paint to canvas, to work with form, color, composition, values, rythym, lines. Whether you appreciate Pollock and Picasso, at least they had an abundance of what we call artistic talent (esthetic values, eye hand coordination, rendering skills, imagination). This is just a gross exercise in faux intellectual theology. It is disgusting (vacuuming up hair, skin cells and body dirt to glue to a pre-made decorative statue of Jesus). I would say it is a step above gluing macaroni and glitter to construction paper, but in truth it is a step below. In 1917 Marcel Duchamp exhibited a mass made urinal as art in a gallery. His point was, anything I say is art, is art.

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Gregory Spyker

March 29, 2013  11:33am

Why am I reminded of an infamous jar of bodily fluid and crucifix after I read this? Is it just me or is what passes as Christian art, in any form, sliding into the same vein as a jackson pollack or a picasso - if you don't see IT, your just not evolved enough.............

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jill cardwell

March 29, 2013  11:16am

When I first heard about this piece I thought "strange". But the more I hear you talk about it, the more profound meaning is found in it. I think this may not become fully obvious to a lot of people until the piece is hanging before us. It is a thoughtful contemplation of our embodiment. Why are we so afraid of our bodies? Why do we think God has redeemed and purified our minds but left our bodies gross and sinful? Where do we get this idea from? Jesus is 100% human as he is 100% God. He is still embodied with wounds and all. Yet we have trouble finding God in the mundane. We cannot escape our material existence - it is how God intended us to be. Christ's resurrected form is the ideal to which we look - a fully integrated body-and-soul-being. That he lowered himself to material existence is seen profoundly in the concept of this piece. I look forward to seeing it.

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Pat Bailey

March 28, 2013  8:44pm

Must be tenure...

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ed bontrager

March 28, 2013  1:35pm

Well hath the scriptures prophesied of you: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

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Rick Dalbey

March 28, 2013  1:34pm

And his point was? I get so tired of what passes for art, self important statements which really affect no one and only serve to give the artist an inflated reputation. I get what his statement is...gee willikers ma, it's the incarnation, but vacuumed up hair, skin cells, body dirt? Gross. Give me Michaelangelo, Giotto, Rembrandt, painters like Turner, Edward Hopper, Manet, Monet, John Singer Sargent, Contemporary plein aire artists, anyone who can draw and wield a brush like a master. My college degree is in fine arts, I have spent my life in the arts and this kind of installation is old and wearisome. Yes, you can make art with dirt and fingernail clippings. You can also make art with macaroni, glue and glitter.

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