Upper Room (Judas/Jesus/John), by Alfonse Borysewicz

May 29, 2014

In his triptych Upper Room, Brooklyn artist Alfonse Borysewicz depicts “the drama of Holy Thursday with the focus on Judas (pointing and distant on the viewers’ left), Jesus (girded with a towel that will call all to service), and John not distant but close to the Lord on the right. All three paintings use a honey­comb motif that points to community as our Christian identity.” Borysewicz draws from the visual languages of iconography and contemporary art. “Sacred spaces have to inspire again,” said Boryse­wicz in a recent interview. “So many churches rest on what they’ve been given. There’s a younger generation out there who want to authentically give their voice to it.”