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For over a decade, Jordan Eagles has garnered public and critical attention for his unique, signature use of animal blood in his works. Through an experimental, self-invented process, the artist combines blood with Plexiglas, UV resin, copper, gauze, and other media to produce arresting works that both fascinate and challenge audiences.

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January 20 - May 12, 2013

    exhibition extended through June 28, 2013
    please note that from May 14 - June 28, MOCRA will be open Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

     free public opening reception with the artist
     Sunday, January 20     1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
            Click here for directions and parking information for the opening reception.


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General Exhibition Information
Hours:  Tues - Sun, 11 am - 4 pm
Admission:  free, with suggested donation of $5/adults, $1/students and children

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About the exhibition

New York artist Jordan Eagles began using animal blood as a painting medium 15 years ago in response to a philosophical debate with his best friend about life after death and the connection between body and spirit. Traditional red paint fell short of expressing the emotional vitality that Eagles sought, so he ventured to local slaughterhouses. But the works he created changed shade as the blood oxidized, causing Eagles to develop a means of suspending and encasing 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. MOCRA is pleased to present for the first time in St. Louis these arresting works that both fascinate and challenge audiences. Eagles' use of blood evokes reflections on the corporeal and the spiritual, on the scientific and the mystical, on mortality and regeneration. In MOCRA's unique former chapel space, the potency of these themes becomes particularly acute.

Jordan Eagles, BAR 1-9, 2009.

Jordan Eagles
BAR 1-9
Blood preserved on Plexiglas, UV resin
32 x 8 ft.
Image courtesy of the artist

Even the very processes by which Eagles prepares his medium show a ritualistic sensibility. He uses various mark-making methods, including layering the blood at different densities as well as heating, burning, and aging the material. Copper, an electrical conductor, imparts a fiery energy to some works. Loosely woven gauze saturated with blood and encased in Plexiglas echoes burial cloths and ancient wrapping rituals. In some instances, decomposed blood is ground into dust and tossed into the works as a sign of passing and change. Eagles also creates immersive "blood illumination" pieces in which transparent preserved blood works are projected onto the walls. The MOCRA exhibition includes examples of all of these techniques. Highly textural and dimensional works, most incorporating copper, will be presented in MOCRA's side chapel galleries, while a site-specific installation of "blood illumination" pieces will be projected onto the walls and ceiling of MOCRA's balcony gallery. The centerpiece is the massive nine-panel, 32-foot-wide installation, BAR 1-9, on display in MOCRA's central nave gallery.

Jordan Eagles, BAR 1-9 (detail of BAR 5), 2009.

Jordan Eagles
BAR 1-9 (detail of BAR 5)
Blood preserved on Plexiglas, UV resin
32 x 8 ft.
Image courtesy of the artist

About the artist

Jordan Eagles received his BA in Fine Arts/Media Studies from New York University's Gallatin School for Individualized Studies in 1999. Eagles has been profiled in TIME, The New York Times, New York Magazine, FRAME,, and The Huffington Post, and his work is found in numerous private and public collections, including the Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA), the Princeton University Art Museum (Princeton, NJ), the University of Michigan Museum of Art (Ann Arbor, MI), the Addison Gallery of American Art (Andover, MA) and the Everson Museum (Syracuse, NY). His work has been shown at venues including the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, CT), the High Museum (Atlanta, GA), the Elmhurst Museum (Elmhurst, IL), the Mobile Museum of Art (Mobile, AL), Trinity Museum at Trinity Church, Wall Street (New York, NY) and most recently at the International Museum of Surgical Science (Chicago, IL). Simultaneous with BLOOD / SPIRIT at MOCRA, Eagles will have exhibitions at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (Summit, NJ) and the Everhart Museum (Scranton, PA).


MOCRA thanks Causey Contemporary (New York, NY) and Krause Gallery (New York, NY), for their generous assistance in the organization of this exhibition. We are also grateful to the collectors who lent their works to the exhibition.

Jordan Eagles, FKTS4, 2001.

Jordan Eagles
Blood and copper preserved on Plexiglas, UV resin
10 x 12 x 2 in.
Image courtesy of the artist

Additional links

More about Jordan Eagles

Jordan Eagles: BLOOD / SPIRIT in the media


Read a profile of Jordan Eagles in TIME

Read a profile of Jordan Eagles in The Huffington Post

Watch a video that depicts some of Eagles' proprietary working methods: