Jay Bolotin: The Jackleg Testament Part I: Jack & Eve and other works

16 Sep 2008 – 1 Nov 2008

John Hansard Gallery

Southampton, United Kingdom


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Jay Bolotin is a prolific artist, writer, composer, performer, set designer, musician and filmmaker. His woodcuts are represented in collections including Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and Seattle Art Museum, and he has composed and performed scores for opera, dance productions, films and television. The Jackleg Testament is a one-of-a-kind film derived from Bolotin's crisply styled woodcuts, a meticulously and vividly realised world evocative of German expressionism, Brueghel and medieval religious imagery. It is a unique retelling of the biblical story of Adam and Eve, in which Eve is lured from the Garden of Eden by a jack-in-the-box. Presiding over the story is Nobodaddy, a bumbling, mischievous creator. An operatic score and soundtrack, composed by Bolotin, propels the narrative throughout. The script is also written by Bolotin and is rich in literary echoes, from Shakespeare to Kafka, and often darkly funny. The beautiful crafted source woodcuts from the film will also be on display, as well as new drawings for the second part of The Jackleg Testament, which is planned as a trilogy.

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