Bone & Blood: Structural Bodies in Motion is an anatomical art exhibit exploring the connections between physical properties and movement, opening with live acrobatic performances on September 28th, 2013. Presented by Chicago arts collective Squid3, two featured artists are New York “blood artist” Jordan Eagles and Chicago's own J. Anthony Kosar!
The public receptions are Saturday, September 28th from 6-10pm and Sunday, September 29th from noon to 4pm at Squid3 Gallery, 1907 N. Mendell, Ste. #4-H, Chicago, IL 60642. However, Saturday night will be the main event not to be missed! A large scale event with two sets of aerial performances is scheduled at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. The live acrobatic performances include the aerial hoop, trapeze, and silks by skilled circus artists. Another kinetic presentation will be climbers on a bouldering wall, displaying a live study of anatomy in motion. Enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres, and shop unique, anatomy-themed merchandise from vendors Street Anatomy, Transit Tees, and Denoyer-Geppert. (Seriously, check out their web stores. Amazing stuff!)
Various artists interpret how the connection between blood flow, bone structure, movement, and even thoughts form a powerful relationship within the body. These conceptualizations will plaster the walls of the gallery in all their anatomical glory. The artworks were created using various media: paintings, prints, ink, graphite, preserved books, graffiti, performance art, ceramics, bone sculptures, lithographs, silk, wood, digital photography, bone/3D printing, preserved blood, and more.
Jordan Eagles hails from New York and has become rather well known in the art community due to his unusual signature style of using preserved blood (typically bovine) mixed with copper and resin, then sealed under Plexiglas to create truly original works of art that has been referred to as “visceral stained-glass windows.” The blood is heated, dried, and electrified (a process often considered controversial, as he's learned how to actually halt decomposition!). I was fortunate to have seen his work in person once at an art show at the Merchandise Mart a few years ago. It's nothing one forgets too soon! Recommended! JordanEagles.com
ENTER THE BLOOD GALLERY! Saturday, September 28th, experience an exclusive preview of an illuminated, large-scale, blood-created environment via projection on the gallery walls similar to the “Hemosapien” image above. Visitors can enjoy the unique experience of merging with Jordan Eagles' blood art and becoming a part of the show! Blood connects us all.
“Everybody is a book of blood; wherever we're opened, we're red.” - Clive Barker
J. Anthony Kosar graduated with high honors from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, earning a BFA degree in Illustration. He excels in many artistic mediums including painting, drawing, sculpting, special effects and illustration. He became a household name in the past year after becoming grand prize champion of season 4 on Syfy's FACE OFF, a popular makeup FX competition show. We were rooting for him from the start and were so proud when he won top placement! He's been quite busy ever since, working on projects nonstop along with teaching his FX classes at his studio, Kosart Effects Studios. Anthony's piece for this show is under top secret wraps, so you'll just have to attend the opening to find out what he's created! Follow his updates on his Facebook page here.
“We have such sights to show you...” keeps reverberating throughout my head whenever imagining this amazing upcoming exhibit. I have a personal fascination with anatomical art, being legitimately biomechanical in the spine department (long story), so these artworks will surely be intensely mesmerizing for this “Frankenlady.”
Watch the video of Squid3's last exhibit here: http://vimeo.com/63415979
The exhibit runs through October 12th, 2013. For more information, call 773-793-7095, email firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet @squidthree, visit the Facebook page “Dissecting Art, Intersecting Anatomy” or visit www.squid-inc.co.
Enjoy a few more images of a portion of the fantastic work that will be on display!
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