Untitled, Two Rabbits

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Composed by The Vaad

_Performed by_
Benjamin Kaplan
Christy Fox
Laurie Ferrendelli
Kristen Sharp
Laura Ehret

Inspired by the Tom Claasen sculpture

In the mid 1990s, a magazine was launched that chronicled Japanese youth culture and the fashion styles worn by the “kids” hanging out in the Harajuku district of Tokyo. “FRUiTs” spawned a global movement with its images of brightly clad, thoroughly original, self-assembled examples of self expression. FRUiTS is inspired by punk’s legacy and thrift store chic and has a distinctly Japanese visual style and sense of fun, play, and confidence.

When I first saw Tom Claassen’s two white rabbits, I immediately imagined a group of Japanese teenagers standing around these smooth, shiny cartoon rabbits. They were texting each other, laughing, and making plans for that evening’s adventure. The texture and layering of their fashion colliding with the simplicity of the rabbits. Their colorful and patterned clothes in stark contrast to the plasticine white of the sculptures, but, in the end, united by a sense of playfulness and humor.

- Benjamin Kaplan
St. Louis 2014

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from 38​.​627​,​-​90​.​194, released July 1, 2014
Composed by The Vaad

_Performed by_
Benjamin Kaplan
Christy Fox
Laurie Ferrendelli
Kristen Sharp
Laura Ehret

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Commonwealth St Louis, Missouri

Commonwealth, founded by artists Benjamin Kaplan and Chris Grabau and, “is an approach to making art that comes in response to our surroundings,” says Grabau. Kaplan adds, “St. Louis is a city of neighborhoods, both geographically and psychologically. We live in our neighborhoods. And we see Commonwealth as a way to expand that neighborhood.” ... more

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