His ultimate goal is to include a sculpture installation with every performance. The works will be carved from foam so that he can break them down and carry them in his backpack. (He doesn't have a driver's license and travels by bicycle or bus, or by bumming rides.)

"It's no different than street art to me," Chisholm says of his inclination toward genre intermarrying. "And really it's less about the street and more about the people. I'm tired of public art only being in the street. I want it to be quality work in a bar or some cool shit in a library. It's the idea of making something super dope, but really ephemeral."

His show at Hoffman LaChance will include a collection of more than 700 sketches of masks drawn on flimsy paper plates, the images warped nearly to the point of abstraction.

"You see a lot people taking ideas from other artists and repurposing or regenerating them," says gallery co-owner Alicia LaChance. "Stan is very unique. He drops these bombs that are laden with humanity. Those are the biggest percussion of his work. These bombs of humanity and a juxtaposition of sculpture and text."

To help finance his art, Chisholm works as an instructor with St. Louis City Open Studio and Open Gallery, teaching arts and crafts to grade-schoolers.

"These ideas," he says bluntly, "they have to happen."

Correction published 8/26/10: In the original version of this story, we erroneously stated that Chisholm graduated from SAIC in 2008. In fact, he graduated in 2009. The above version reflects this correction.
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