JORDAN EAGLES—BLOOD WORK to Open 8/31 at Philadelphia's Mutter Museum
In JORDAN EAGLES-BLOOD WORK, opening August 31, the artist debuts a dozen minimal works made of decomposed and pulverized blood and blood-soaked gauze along with works that explore the various elemental qualities of the organic medium.
Through Eagles' self-invented process he applies blood, procured from slaughterhouses, to plexiglass and permanently preserves the life-force material through suspending the liquid's organic form into multiple layers of resin. The artist's techniques include heating, burning and mixing the blood with resin and copper to generate organic patterns and textures. In the presence of light, the works emit iridescent reds, crimsons, oranges, browns, and blacks that cast shadows and project an intense glow. These effects often make the works appear as if they are illuminated from within.
His innovative technique challenges nature by preventing the works from decomposing, providing a compelling multi-sensory experience that engages allegories of life, death, and regeneration, while conveying the connections between body, spirit, and nature. Watch a video that depicts some of Eagles' proprietary working methods: BLOOD WORK VIDEO.
August 31, 2013 - March 31, 2014
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 25
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 South 22nd Street (Thomson Gallery)
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Image: © ROZE 17 (detail); Roze 18 (detail) both 2012, Blood, gauze, preserved on plexiglass, UV resin, 48 x 60 x 3 inches