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‘Cut & Paste’: It all starts with writing down thoughts for artist/musician Stan Chisholm

Visual artist and musician Stan Chisholm
Durrie Bouscaren / St. Louis Public Radio
Visual artist and musician Stan Chisholm aka 18andCounting

Having a conversation with Stan Chisholm is like looking through a kaleidoscope.

He seems somber and provocative. Then suddenly there’s a turn; oh wait, there’s a glimmer of humor. Another turn, and he’s somewhere in between.

Chisholm is a visual artist, musician and DJ who who sometimes performs under the name 18andCounting.His own writing is where most of his work begins. Some of the words linger in his mind to eventually become lyrics or text art. He talked about his process in St. Louis in a “Cut & Paste” conversation.

Here’s some of what you’ll hear in the podcast:

  • On how even art with a heavy focus can still be seen as entertainment: "No matter how serious the weight of the work is, it still feels like a celebration when you're at an exhibition." Tweet #cutpastestl
  • About making work that's critical: "I don't want to come off as the one telling everyone they're doing everything wrong because I know exactly what's right. It's more I'm telling everyone they're doing everything wrong because, in the world that I see, they're not doing it right." Tweet #cutpastestl
  • On being recognized even though he's not yet 30: "People who are older and younger than me who have known about my work for 10 years, I'm like, 'Whoa, that's crazy.'" Tweet #cutpastestl
Cut & Paste

Look for new "Cut & Paste" (#cutpastestl) podcasts every few weeks on our website. You can also view all previous podcasts, which focus on a diverse collection of visual and performing artists, and subscribe to “Cut & Paste” through this link.

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Nancy is a veteran journalist whose career spans television, radio, print and online media. Her passions include the arts and social justice, and she particularly delights in the stories of people living and working in that intersection.