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"Descendants" in ArtLab by Freeman Brown lll

Artist's Statement

This interactive installation focuses on the symbolic nature of stars. It is intended to provoke contemplation that goes beyond oneself through stimulating visuals, intense audio and a profound narrative. The installation is "relational," or designed to engage the audience, because the concept behind the piece is inclusive of all mankind. Furthermore, the reactions, internal dialogues and conclusions of each viewer is essential, as they attest to the validity of truth in the same manner that verbal responses signify a previous act of listening. Whether concrete or unworldly, the realization of truth is inevitable – even if it's only realized subconsciously.

"Descendants" is an active, laser installation that initially explores the Biblical significance of God's declaration to Abraham in the book of Genesis. He tells Abraham, "I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed." (Genesis 22:17) Abraham, who had just passed a test from God, proved his obedience and reverence to Him. As a result, God was pleased and promised to bless and multiply Abraham's lineage in comparison to the innumerable number of stars.

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ArtLab award

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Freeman Brown III stands amidst his ArtLab installation, for which he was selected by Miranda Lash and awarded an honorarium.

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