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Ken Harrison

Sound | 1975 | 1976

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  •  Ft. Worth Art Museum with Letitia Eldridge and Robert Wade 
  •  Robert Wade, John Alexander and James Surl talking at Ft. Worth Art Museum 
  •  James Surls segment begins 
  •  John Alexander and James Surl looking at a piece of art 
  •  James Surl and John Alexander driving 
  •  James Surl using a chainsaw to chop down trees while John Alexander watches 
  •  Dallas skyline 
  •  James Surl and John Alexander driving down highway with giant log on back of truck with Austin skyline in background 
  •  James Surl delivers giant log to Mike McNamara 
  •  James Surl and Mike McNamara discussing making art with tools 
  •  James Surl creating Blind Bear wtih a Crooked Stick with a log and chainsaw 
  •  Mike McNamara and James Surl discussing pottery making 
  •  James Surl and Helper working on Blind Bear with a Crooked Stick 
  •  Surls discusses the limitations of one's art being categorized as "Texas Art" 
  •  James Surl and Mike McNamara discussing the "Texas Look" 
  •  James Surl working on Blind Bear with a Crooked Stick 
  •  James Surl talking to a class 
  •  James Surl working on Blind Bear with a Crooked Stick 
  •  James Surl being interviewed at the San Antonio Witte Museum where Blind Bear with a Crooked Stick is displayed 
  •  Letitia Eldrige wearing mask  
  •  Robert Wade discussing his photograph 
  •  George Green segment begins 
  •  George Green discussing his art 
  •  George Green working with an audio track overlaid 
  •  George Green driving truck and discussing West Texas 
  •  Contemporary Art Museum in Houston with George Green discussing some of his art which people have been offended by 
  •  George Green passing the Astrodome 
  •  George Green in a group of other artists discussing being an artist in Texas 
  •  An audio overlay from George Green while he drives 
  •  Beach scene 
  •  George Green looking through photo album 
  •  George Green sketching 
  •  Bob Wade segment begins 
  •  Road footage of Robert Wade  
  •  Robert Wade at Jernigan's taxidermy 
  •  Robert Wade on the road discussing humor in Texas 
  •  Robert Wade at Manny Gammage's hatmaker store 
  •  Road footage of Robert Wade taking photos 
  •  Robert Wade at Luckenbach World's Fair 
  •  Robert Wade driving by the Alamo 
  •  Robert Wade on phone with Mel Casas 
  •  Robert Wade at Mel Casas' house 
  •  Road Footage of Robert Wade 
  •  Robert Wade at shooting range outside San Antonio 
  •  Robert Wade in group installation in New York City gallery with Jackalope 
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This documentary by independent filmmaker Ken Harrison provides a look into the contemporary Texas art world of the mid-‘70s. Shot in 1975, Jackelope is loosely divided into three segments, each focusing on three young artists: James Surls, George Green, and Bob Wade. The first segment documents sculptor/ woodcarver James Surls and the evolution of one particular piece (Blind Bear with a Crooked Stick) - its conception, its physical creation (with memorable footage of Surls sawing trees) and later refinement in the studio, to, finally, the piece's exhibition at San Antonio's Witte Museum. The second features George Green at work in his Houston studio as well as in his more leisurely moments: flipping through a family photo album, talking at an artists' party, and on a trip to Galveston Island. Road footage of artist Bob Wade comprises the third segment, with stops at Jernigan's Taxidermy in Waco, hatmaker Manny Gammage's Austin store, the Luckenbach World's Fair, artist Mel Casa's house outside of San Antonio, and, memorably, a shooting range outside of Waco. Wade's work in a group installation at a New York City gallery concludes Jackelope. The documentary captures each artist in the more casual moments of their lives, capturing their ideas about art, the artistic process, Texas and other topics in the process. Not only does Jackelope also include appearances by fellow Texas artists Mike McNamara, Letitia Eldridge, Mel Casas, and John Alexander, the film is also intercut with footage of many of these same artists in discussion with each at parties, openings, and at each others' studios, giving us a rare glimpse into an often overlooked scene.