White Gloves Four Wheels

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Composed and Performed by Kevin Buckley

Inspired by the Jim Dine sculpture

Freedom is at the core of Kevin Buckley’s interpretation of Jim Dine’s sculpture White Gloves, Four Wheels. We see Pinocchio, that wooden boy we know so well from childhood stories, arms outstretched, back arched, reaching for the sky. His body language suggests that he is celebrating. Maybe his freedom from the tyranny of being wooden? Maybe his acceptance of that same fate? Whatever the metaphysical achievement we are witnessing, Kevin Buckley brings it to life with his simple, charming and uplifting melody.

But do we notice a hint of melancholy underlying this celebration? Is it bittersweet? Maybe Pinocchio, enjoying the freedom from his wooden body misses the familiar limitations? Or now that he has once and for all come to terms with his limitations he has a twinge for the dream he has let go? I think that is the beauty of Kevin’s composition, it encourages us to ask as many questions as we are challenges us to answer.

- Benjamin Kaplan
St. Louis, 2014

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from 38​.​627​,​-​90​.​194, released July 1, 2014
Composed and Performed by Kevin Buckley

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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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