Cut & Paste: Artist Lyndon Barrois Jr. invites us to explore our thoughts by showing his | St. Louis Public Radio

Cut & Paste: Artist Lyndon Barrois Jr. invites us to explore our thoughts by showing his

Dec 9, 2015

For multimedia artist Lyndon Barrois Jr., the different genres came together like a stack of building blocks.

As a child, he liked to draw, but he didn’t paint until his third year of college. Then in grad school, he began to embrace sculpture and other creative means. Soon he was making art with the idea that every work should take whatever form suits it best.

This May, Barrois Jr. will use a variety of media in the Contemporary Art Museum's coveted Great Rivers Biennial exhibition. For this installment of our Cut & Paste podcast, we talked with him about his plans for that show and how he got started as an artist.

Here’s some of what you’ll hear from Barrois Jr. in the podcast:

  • About his Great Rivers Biennial project: “Definitely involved is this idea of athletics, athletics as a kind of spectacle, and really looking at the dynamics of opposition … looking as sports as kind of a fashion runway.”
  • On his continuing obsession with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: “They were really relatable … But I didn’t really reflect on that until much later, you know, I wanted to be a ninja when I grew up.”
  • About the intersection of design and desire: “[I’m] thinking about visual pleasure and images and just wondering why we’re so attracted to things that look a certain way.”

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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