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We all know the stories of how creative people get into the business of creating for a living, but how did they start using their imaginations in the first place? On the Beginnings podcast, writer and performer Andy Beckerman asks well-known and up-and-coming comedians, musicians, writers and artists about their earliest creative acts and about other formative childhood experiences.

Sep 25, 2014

On today's show I talk to artist Nate Hill. Originally from Florida, Nate moved to New York to perform art in a city that would be receptive to his works. And Nate's works are pretty amazing. Coming out of the same public performance tradition that gave birth to artists like Joey Skaggs and even some of the early Upright Citizens Brigade pranks, Nate's art is practiced outside the usual (suffocating?) boundaries of the fine art world. Performances like Death Bear, where Nate, dressed in a large black bear mask will come and take away items your ex has left behind, or Trophy Scarves, where he draped white women around his neck like fashion accessories, show how Nate can take serious emotional, racial and gender issues and examine them from a playful place.

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