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Jay Bolotin: The Jackleg Testament

(February 22 – March 22, 2007)

Jay Bolotin’s The Jackleg Testament represents the raw material generated by the artist to create what is undoubtedly the first woodcut motion picture in the history of filmmaking. The film, which made its debut in May 2005 at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, is the latest work by this prolific writer, composer, performer, stage and set designer, choreographer, visual artist and now filmmaker.

The artist has crafted a spectacular woodcut motion picture using his woodcut prints as source material. He created a catalog of parts and pieces of characters, clothing, architecture, landscapes and props, and then drew from this visual library to set his work in motion. Along with the completed film, Bolotin will exhibit two portfolios of woodcuts that inspired The Jackleg Testament, as well as the prints that he used to create the images in the film.

Bolotin’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Cincinnati, Cleveland and Seattle Art Museums; the Australian National Museum in Canberra; and the New York Public Library. The Fine Arts Gallery presentation is being held to commemorate the acquisition of this portfolio, a gift made possible by Lifeworks Foundation, Nashville.

In association with this exhibition, there will be a collaborative programming effort with the Sarratt Gallery and Cinema, which will screen Bolotin’s film February 22. For more information about events at Sarratt, see the Sarratt Gallery website.

Click here to listen to a discussion with the artist about the work in this exhibition.