If Dracula stumbled into a gallery show by hemoglobin-obsessed designer Jordan Eagles, the vampire would immediately begin licking the walls.

And upon discovering that Eagles' medium is runoff cow's blood from slaughterhouses, the Lord of the Vampires would be absurdly disappointed and go home. Or turn into a half-raincloud, half-dog abomination and devour gallery patrons. Whichever.

As for all those human readers out there, your appreciation of Eagles' platelet-happy pieces depends on your squeamishness. He also experiments with projectors, turning entire rooms into arteries. If you've ever wanted to feel like Raquel Welch in Fantastic Voyage, it's not a bad place to start. Explains Eagles of his artistic process:

Through my experimental, invented process, I encase blood in plexiglass and UV resin. This preservation technique permanently retains the organic material's natural colors, patterns, and textures. The works become relics of that which was once living, embodying transformation, regeneration and an allegory of death to life.

I use various mark-making methods, including layering the blood at different densities as well as heating, burning, and aging the material. Copper, a conductor of electricity, is sometimes mixed with the blood, imparting a unique, fiery energy. Blood-soaked gauze, stretched over the surface, creates another textural layer that serves as a map of memory and homage to ancient wrapping rituals. In some instances, blood that has decomposed for years forms dense masses that are ground into dust and tossed into the works, as a sign of passing and change.

When lit, the works become translucent, cast shadows, and project a glow, appearing as if they are illuminated from within. The materials and luminosity in these bodies of work relate to themes of corporeality, mortality, spirituality, and science-invigorating blood as sublime.



For more of Eagles' art, see his website. [Via Street Anatomy]