JORDAN EAGLES is a New York based artist working in painting, sculpture and installation, with blood and resin as the central materials. His studio is in Ridgewood, Queens.
Eagles treats blood as a universal life force. His process and work have a strong focus on the material’s physical and dynamic qualities. He manipulates and encases the blood in resin, producing multidimensional forms which reveal the blood’s visceral properties and innate energy. 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.
The themes of Eagles’ work vary depending on the project, series, and source of blood. Eagles’ artworks with animal blood from slaughterhouses, address life cycle, corporeality, spirituality, and regeneration. His recent project, Blood Mirror, created with donated blood from the LGBTQ community, advocates for fair blood donation policy and full equality. 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 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), American University Museum (Washington, DC), and Boston Center for the Arts. 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 (as part of their PlaySure campaign), and Blood Equality was launched in partnership with the Blood Mirror project, GMHC and FCB Health. Eagles' works have been featured in articles and reviews including The New York Times, New York Magazine, TIME, Artforum, MSNBC and US News & World Report.