In the Galleries - Jordan Eagles: Blood/Spirit CLOSES June 28 at MOCRA

These scarlet-hued stained glass-like works by New York-based artist Jordan Eagles possess a peculiarly visceral texture that's no accident: They're painted with bovine blood collected from slaughterhouses. Encasing this macabre material in layers of UV resin and Plexiglas, the pieces, which alternate in scale from the life-size to the intimate, embody an eerily deep luminescence. As the exhibit's title suggests, Eagles is exploring — quite literally and with almost scientific ingenuity — the overlap between the body and the spirit. Contextualized in the former chapel that is Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, this ambition seems ideally realized. The large, multi-panel BAR 1-9 stretches the length of the space's former nave and registers like stations of the cross, while smaller works are positioned in side chapels and beg devotional scrutiny. In the choir loft, Eagles' abstracted red color fields take the form of several projections that lace the far walls and ceiling. As a whole, the work does much to re-imagine MOCRA as an exhibition environment — encouraging new ways of seeing the space, both conceptually and physically. Through June 28 at the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, 3700 West Pine Boulevard (on the Saint Louis University campus); 314-977-7170 or http://mocra.slu.edu. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sun.

 
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