Image credit: Courtesy of the artist. Copyright David Meanix.
September 23, 2023 - February 18, 2024 Weisel and Kelly Galleries
Based in New York, Jordan Eagles explores the “visual power, and cultural uses of blood” through a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, and public programming. His practice addresses themes of corporeality, spirituality, and regeneration. Eagles has devised a preservation technique with resin that retains the natural patterns, colors, and textures of his medium.
In recent years, Eagles has created a series utilizing human blood – sourced ethically from the LGBTQI+ community – to advocate for fair blood donation policies, anti-stigma, and equality. Many of these works connect the queer community to comic book heroes or pop culture icons, and imbue their bodies with superpowers, subverting the homophobic narrative that surround blood ban policies.
This solo exhibition focuses on Eagles' work with queer blood and features the titular work Blood Mirror, a large resin sculpture made with 59 individual human blood donations from PrEP advocates, along with additional resin sculptures, film, and a textile work. The exhibit includes key works from several of the artist’s series that connect American pop culture with queer blood including comic books, World War II propaganda posters, and Leonardo Da Vinci.
Jordan Eagles is organized by Curator of Art Sarah Buhr.