JORDAN EAGLES is a New York based artist who has been exploring the aesthetics and ethics of blood as an artistic medium since the late 1990s. His studio is in Ridgewood, Queens.
Blood and resin are Eagles’ central materials. The themes of his work vary depending on the series and source of the blood. Eagles’ works created with animal blood from slaughterhouses address life cycle, corporeality, spirituality, and regeneration. His works made with donated blood from the LGBTQI+ community advocate for fair blood donation policy, anti-stigma and equality.
Eagles’ process and works have a strong focus on the material’s physical and dynamic qualities. He manipulates and encases the blood in resin, producing multidimensional, abstract paintings, sculptures, and installations. Eagles’ preservation technique permanently retains the organic material’s natural colors, patterns, and textures. When lit, the works become translucent and luminous, reflecting the many layers suspended throughout the resin, revealing the blood’s visceral properties and energy. In Illuminations, the blood's colors and patterns are enlarged and projected into spaces and onto viewers, transforming the environment and the observers.
Eagles' exhibitions, installations and public programs include the Museum of the City of New York, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (New York), Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (Alabama), Science Gallery London and Melbourne, Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), The High Line (New York), Trinity Wall Street (New York), and American University Museum (Washington, D.C.). His works are held in numerous private and public collections including the Addison Gallery of American Art, Everson Museum of Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Princeton University Art Museum, The Rose Art Museum, and University of Michigan Museum of Art. Eagles recently collaborated with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on NYC Blood Sure. He is a co-founder of Blood Equality, launched in partnership with GMHC and FCB Health.