Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art is pleased to present HAEMOSCURO, a series of new works by New York-based Jordan Eagles in his second solo exhibition at the Gallery.
Eagles has been using preserved animal blood in his multidimensional works for over a decade. He applies blood to layers of clear Plexiglas and then permanently preserves the organic material with layers of resin, allowing the high-gloss surfaces to suspend the fluid, organic forms. In the presence of light, the blood's translucency is revealed under and between the multiple layers of clear resin, retaining and vibrating the light and illuminating pools of reds/blacks and proteins with sealed-in air bubbles; the results are remarkably luminous and always breathtaking, as the blood permanently maintains its rich color and natural texture.
Describing his new work, Eagles says: "I use various mark-making methods, including layering the blood at different densities as well as heating, burning, and aging the material. Copper, a conductor of electricity, is sometimes mixed with the blood, imparting a unique, fiery energy. Blood-soaked gauze, stretched over the surface, creates another textural layer that serves as a map of memory and homage to ancient wrapping rituals. In some instances, blood that has decomposed for years forms dense masses that are ground into dust and tossed into the works, as a sign of passing and change."
Eagles' works are part of the permanent collections of several museums, including the Princeton University Art Museum, the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Mass., the University of Michigan Museum of Art, and the Peabody Essex Museum. His has recently staged solo shows at Causey Contemporary and Krause Gallery, both in New York, David Weinberg Gallery in Chicago, and has a forthcoming exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. A 2011 New York Magazine "Critics Pick," he has been featured in The New York Times, L'Uomo Vogue, Architectural Digest and Wired, to name a few.