First Faculty Lecture of fall is September 17


O. Gustavo Plascencia’s, “The Burden of History,” photo-construction

O. Gustavo Plascencia's "The Burden of History"

The Adams State University first Fall 2014 Faculty Lecture "Intersections and Explorations of Landscapes, Histories, and the Body," by O. Gustavo Plascencia, assistant professor of art, begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Art Building room 227. Please note the special location.

The constructive nature of identity, the conflict that individuals face constructing their identities, and the duality of private and public lives are the main elements in Plascencia's creative research. Throughout the lecture, Plascenica will explain how many of the stories depicted in his work are metaphors of family secrets, personal struggles, and shared experiences – both in public and private places. Plascencia often presents narratives in the form of tableaux reminiscent of altarpieces exploring the intersections of the human body and landscape and how the individual reacts and is affected by the landscape/place itself. Where the body represents a place to be inhabited and the place itself is considered an extension of the body.

All of the images in Plascencia's work talk of the duality – and sometimes conflict – between domesticity and utilitarianism, personal and communal, self and society. By rearranging and reconstructing stories, landscapes or memories; he explores ideas of home, culture, self, gender, domesticity, and personal histories.

Plascencia was raised in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila. He attended the Escuela de Artes Plasticas "Ruben Herrera" in Saltillo, Mexico before immigrating to the USA. He received his MFA from the University of Colorado Boulder in Photography and Media Arts and his BFA from the University of Texas at Arlington. Plascencia's work has been shown nationally and internationally

All talks are free and the public is invited. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Kristy Duran, assistant professor of biology, at 719-587-7767, or