If structures could speak.
Exhibit Dates: September 25 - October 26
Neenah native Jonathan Allen, his wife Joanna Kotze, and Jordan Eagles will be on hand for the opening of two exhibits Thursday, September 25 at THELMA. Both exhibits were curated by Shane McAdams, an adjunct professor at Marian University and also a studio owner in New York The reception is free and open to the public from 5 to 8 pm. There will be appetizers and a cash bar.
“The Etcetera Zone,” a solo exhibition by Jonathan Allen, features recent paintings, works on paper, and video. These works locate technology, architecture and imagery within dynamic, shifting spaces and landscapes, evoking the trappings of mass media, appropriation and digitization. Using the tactility of paint and paper, Allen’s works engage with contemporary architecture, information storage systems, computer code, digital ephemera, and formal ordering systems.
Born in Neenah in 1975, Allen has exhibited at numerous galleries and non-profit spaces in New York, including Lu Magnus, BravinLee Programs, PS122, Socrates Sculpture Park, Artists Space, and BRIC Rotunda Gallery. He participated in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace & Swingspace residency programs and the Bronx Museum of Art’s Artist in the Marketplace program, and has been awarded residencies at the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy, Cill Rialaig in Ireland, and Blue Mountain Center. He holds a bachelor of arts in visual arts/art history from Columbia University, and lives and works in New York.
The award-winning dancer and choreographer Joanna Kotze will be collaborating with Allen in a performance that merges his visual with her own unique contemporary dance vocabulary. She will perform during the reception. Kotze has performed with American Dance Institute, SHOW ROOM Gowanus, and Baryshnikov Arts Center, Bard College, Danspace Project and The Apollo Theater in New York.
"Like blueprints littered with cultural detritus, Mr. Allen’s collages appear to be what would happen if structures could speak."
-Sasha Herman, New York Observer, June 22, 2012
JORDAN EAGLES is a New York based artist who preserves blood to create works that evoke the connections between life, death, body, spirit, and the Universe.
Exhibit Dates: September 25 - October 26
JORDAN EAGLES has garnered cross-disciplinary public and critical attention for his dynamic and meticulous processes using and preserving blood–procured from slaughterhouses–with copper, gauze and resin. His multidimensional works become relics of that which was once living, embodying transformation, regeneration, and an allegory of death to life. In Eagles' Blood Illumination environments, analog overhead projectors are used to shine and enlarge patterns from translucent, preserved, blood panels into spaces. This effect transforms the space, casting patterns on the walls, ceilings and floors—as well as viewers—wrapping the organic patterns, light and shadows with the architecture of the space and abstracting the viewers' body to appears as a new layers of skin and natural birthmarks. Overall the materials and luminosity in Eagles' bodies of work relate to themes of corporeality, mortality, spirituality, and science—invigorating blood as sublime.
Eagles' Blood Illumination have been presented at the Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, NY) and the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (St. Louis, MI) as part of his recent solo exhibitions. Other recent solo exhibitions include Boston Center for the Arts, the Mütter Museum (Philadelphia, PA) and The Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art at the University of Memphis. Eagles is also the first artist to be permitted to present work inside of the main chapel of the historic landmark, Trinity Church Wall Street (New York City), enveloping the entire chapel in a Blood Illumination.
Eagles' works are included in numerous museum collections including the Addison Gallery of American Art, The Elmhurst Art Museum, The Everson Museum of Art, The Princeton University Art Museum, The Peabody Essex Museum, the Museum of Sex, The Rose Art Museum, and The University of Michigan Museum of Art to name a few. Eagles' works have been featured in The New York Times, Time, Village Voice, New York Magazine, L'Uomo Vogue, Architectural Digest, VS Magazine, Artforum, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post and PBS.
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