JORDAN EAGLES at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art

Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art

October 26, 2009

A Major Exhibition of New Blood Works

Now through December 12
Reception: November 7, 4:00-8:00pm

Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art
591 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102-4403
Tel: 973-622-1600
Fax: 973-622-6526
TTY 1-800-852-7699
E: info [​at​]

Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art is pleased to debut a major solo exhibition of new monumental works by artist and emerging talent Jordan Eagles who will cover the entire 3000+ square-foot space with preserved blood in a site-specific installation titled HEMOSAPIEN.

This exhibition is the first public opportunity to view Eagles’ largest and most experimental blood works to date—a massive, 30-foot, multi-panel, abstract mural in which animal blood is suspended, encased and fully preserved in plexiglass and resin.

HEMOSAPIEN will also feature Eagles’ new forays into large-scale projections and color photography. Eagles utilizes overhead classroom projectors to set the entire space aglow in luminous, wall-to-wall projections of “blood light.” Life-size color photographs of nude models, onto whom he projected blood patterns, serve as documents of his photographic shoots and introduce new figurative elements that emphasize Eagles’ fascination with corporeality, mysticism, and physical and intangible spaces. The exhibition is lit to create multidimensional and translucent works that reveal the finite details and textures of the blood as well as the material’s uniquely reflective and refractive qualities.

“Eagles is at an exciting stage in his artistic career, especially with his innovative, self-invented process. He continues to push the spectrum of what can be achieved with the combination of blood and light, and by introducing new content that had not been explicit in his earlier works, ” says Director of Exhibitions and Programs Edwin Ramoran.

About the Artist
Born in 1977, Jordan Eagles received a BA from New York University. His works have been exhibited internationally in venues such as The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Real Art Ways, Center for Visual Arts of New Jersey, The Bronfman Center Gallery at New York University, Paul Robeson Gallery at Rutgers University, Mark Wolfe Contemporary, Krause Gallery, and Jacob | Karpio Galleria; and numerous art fairs: SCOPE, London Art Fair, Los Angeles Art Show, and Aqua Art Miami. Eagles’ works are included in The Bohlen Collection and the The Prudential Center. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Village Voice, L’Uomo Vogue, Architectural Digest Italy, New York Magazine, MSNBC, NY Post‘s Page 6, and FOX News. Recently, the producers of the upcoming Disney film “When in Rome” acquired Eagles’ work, and his images are also used in Richard Move’s film “Blood Works” on the life of Ana Mendieta, and a reproduction of his work is currently being used as a massive 50-foot stage curtain for Alice Cooper’s international rock concert.

About Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art
Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art fosters excellence in the visual arts through exhibitions and educational programs that serve as catalysts for inclusiveness and diversity, promote cross-cultural dialog, and enable us to better understand the time in which we live. Public understanding and support of the visual arts are strengthened through collaboration and community-based educational programming. Aljira seeks out the work of emerging and underrepresented artists and brings the work of more established artists to our community. Through the visual arts Aljira bridges racial, cultural and ethnic divides and enriches the lives of individuals.

Aljira, 591 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102. Wed-Friday, 12–6 pm and Saturday, 11am–4 pm. 973 622-1600, fax 973 622-6526, Contact: Edwin Ramoran, eramoran [​at​]

Aljira’s operations and programs are made possible, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; The Kenneth Aidekman Family Foundation; Bank of America; JPMorgan Chase Foundation; The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Johnson & Johnson; National Endowment for the Arts; New Jersey Cultural Trust; The Prudential Foundation; PSEG Foundation; The Starry Night Fund of Tides Foundation; The Turrell Fund; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; and individual contributors to our Annual Fund.