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Shepherd’s Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber on Display at Three Rivers Arts Festival

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Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber

The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival will be the site of one of Penn State School of Visual Arts Assistant Professor Rudy Shepherd’s Black Rock Negative Energy Absorbers, a series of sculptures he created to expunge negative energy from viewers.

The sculpture will be on display at Point State Park on the city-side lawn, June 5–14 from noon to 9 p.m. Shepherd will hold an “induction ceremony” on Friday, June 5, at 5 p.m. to “turn on” the Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber so that it can begin absorbing energy from festival visitors and the site itself, which, according to Shepherd, has “its own sordid history.” The induction ceremony will also include live music by Shepherd’s musical collaborator, Elias Einhorn.

Shepherd has been working on the Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber series since 2006. He says they have a “magical function: to expunge negative energy from viewers—in the form of prejudice, racism or even quotidian disdain—and allow them to respond to life with the more open, compassionate and positive aspects of their personalities.”

The series is Shepherd’s response to living in New York City for the past 13 years and witnessing the city’s madness. At the same time, his work is an approach to political art started two decades ago that looks at the problems of society in a more comprehensive way and advances practices culled from new age mythology and ancient religions to heal our divided and troubled country. He most recently exhibited one of his Black Rock Negative Energy Absorbers at First Park in Manhattan.

For more information, visit http://www.3riversartsfest.org/fest_event/black-rock-negative-energy-abs... or see this story from the Penn State School of Visual Arts: http://news.psu.edu/story/359646/2015/06/04/arts-and-entertainment/pitts....