Jay Bolotin is one of Cincinnati's most important and intriguing artists, and his projects elevate the city's importance to national and international art followers. He's busy at work on the second part of his trilogy The Jackleg Testament, the first part of which is a woodcut motion picture with music (and an accompanying edition of prints) that has traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad. It debuted here at Contemporary Arts Center.
Leaves From a Cast Paper Novel at the Carl Solway Gallery consists of the initial source imagery for part two — 33 drawings from an illustrated manuscript, the manuscript itself and an edition of cast-paper pieces. Among the characters introduced in part two are Enoch, a Jewish coal miner in Kentucky; Mr. Sousaphone Man; the Woman in the Burning Boat; the Woman Who Paints Portraits of Dead Children; the Willing Girl and more. Through April 10.