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Lecturer provides inspiration for art students

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Colorado State University-Pueblo students attended a lecture that described art and would motivate them to create an art project.

Brian Buckbee, writer, teacher, CEO and chairman of Buckbee: A Writer Inc., was the artist that spoke Oct. 30 at the lecture. He said it became a public trading company in 2006 and it tried to produce art with the name Buckbee to sell and profit from.

Buckbee said his job was to obtain investors from business representatives and artists in order to get their art published.

He presented a slide show of still images and some images included voiceovers. The voiceovers were of people on telephone conversations.

Robin Romero, 28, a senior and majoring in art attended the lecture and three-day art workshop at CSU-Pueblo. She said the lecture was interesting because it provoked people to think differently. She also said that he lectured about sadness which was something most people may not associate as happy art.

After Buckbee’s lecture, there was a workshop that students attended. It included information about BCKB: A Writer Inc. and the imaginary Pueblo project. As a project requirement Buckbee said they had to think of a narrative about what they created. Once they thought of their stories then they added them together to create the town.

“A lot of people aren’t happy with our environment,” Buckbee said. He meant the students who attended the workshop created an imaginary Pueblo.

The students made their own art form by using supplies that Buckbee provided. Several supplies he provided were glue, spray adhesives, pink Styrofoam boards, miniature plastic toys and buildings and artificial grass.

Romero said she attended the lecture and workshop because she earned one credit toward her graduation requirements. However, she also said she wanted to see what he presented in his lecture.

Buckbee created an art form called “Sadness Museum”. Buckbee said it is a democratic museum with a collection of ordinary objects. The objects illustrated stories from the people that sent the objects.