For release: January 31, 2014
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
BAR 1-9, a monumental nine-panel, 32-foot-wide, 8-foot-tall installation by New York artist
Jordan Eagles, is on display in the Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary
Art at the University of Memphis. The exhibit runs through Feb. 28.
The galleries are located in the Art and Communication Building, rooms 230 and 240.
This is Eagles' largest and most ambitious work to date. BAR 1-9 was most recently exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Religious Arts in St. Louis
and will be traveling to Boston Center for the Arts in April.
Eagles began using animal blood as an artistic medium 15 years ago in response to
a philosophical debate about life after death and the connection between body and
spirit. Traditional red paint fell short of expressing the emotional vitality and
energy that Eagles sought, so he ventured to local slaughterhouses. The works he created
changed shade as the blood oxidized, causing Eagles to develop a technique of suspending,
encasing and preserving the blood in Plexiglas and UV resin in a way that permanently
retains the organic material’s natural colors, patterns and textures. His innovative
technique challenges nature by preventing the works from decomposing.
Eagles’ work both fascinates and challenges audiences. His use of blood evokes reflections
on the physical and the spiritual, on the scientific and the mystical, on mortality
and regeneration. The very processes by which Eagles prepares his medium reflects
a ritualistic sensibility. He uses various mark-making methods, including layering
the blood at different densities as well as heating, burning, and aging the blood.
In some instances, decomposed blood is ground into dust and tossed into the works
as a sign of passing and change.
Eagles received his BA in fine arts/media studies from New York University’s Gallatin
School for Individualized Studies in 1999. His work has been profiled in Time, The New York Times, PBS, Frame, ArtInfo and The Huffington Post. His exhibitions have been “Critics' Picks” in New York Magazine and most recently in Artforum for his recent solo exhibition at The Everson Museum of Art.
Eagles‘ work is found in numerous private and museum collections, including the Peabody
Essex Museum, the Princeton University Art Museum, the University of Michigan Museum
of Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art and the Everson Museum of Art. His work
has been shown at venues including the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Wadsworth
Atheneum Museum of Art, the Elmhurst Art Museum, the Mobile Museum of Art, Trinity
Museum at Trinity Church on Wall Street, the International Museum of Surgical Science
and The Everson Museum of Art.