Vincent Castiglia Resurrects Blood Art at Sacred Gallery [Interview]

Posted on: October 9th, 2012 at 10:24 am by

Blood Drawing Materials, Photo by Mary Toto

On Thursday, October 5, downtown NYC experienced something it has never seen before – an extensive collection of blood-based paintings by born-and-bred New Yorker Vincent Castaligia.  It was the opening of his “Resurrection” exhibit at Sacred Gallery. Bowery Boogie received an exclusive interview with the artist who was in agreement when we asked if the city that never sleeps influenced his pieces. Castiglia was sure to admit that “New York has definitely, in some shape or another, shaped the work.”

Although the idea of paintings in blood had us wondering if the crowd would be stand-offish, it was the exact opposite. We were admittedly a bit surprised when the folks who turned out were super friendly. Castiglia couldn’t agree more – “I really felt the same way. I think it has a lot to do with the gallery people, they’re super nice, good people. From the onset of the show, its been so good and the people that it drew were a lot of like-minded personalities.”

“Duality”; Photo by Mary Toto

“It was really just inspired by the need to connect to my work on closest level possible—to put a piece of myself literally in every piece”.

On the blood drawing processs “I did it myself, was managing to without complications for a while. When I say complications you just need another set of hands.” So now Castiglia has a friend help to do it and can comfortably collect up to fifteen tubes at a time. When we asked how much blood he guesses possibly a pint for the larger works.

Castiglia also shared some of his downtown favorites with us:

Favorite Gallery:
FUSE (the gallery behind LIT bar)

Favorite Bars:
Mars Bar (now closed)

Favorite Store:
Obscura

“Resurrection” is on display until the end of the month at Sacred Gallery and features over thirty pieces, including the first sculpture Castiglia’s ever shown.

Recent Stories

houston-sidewalk-5
New Sidewalks and Curbs Signal Some Semblance of Progress for East Houston Reconstruction Project

​Since East Houston roadwork is nowhere near completion, we must relish the baby steps, as it were, of forward progress. Indeed. The first real noticeable change in months is now palpable along the battered corridor. New sidewalks on the south side. Over the last few weeks, contractors have poured new cement (i.e. “pigmented sidewalks”) and […]

#Chalk LES, Photo: LES History Month
Chalk the LES this Sunday to Kick off the 3rd Annual Lower East Side History Month

To kick off the third annual Lower East Side History Month, co-sponsors by FABnyc and Downtown Art are again planning a community chalking event for Sunday and Monday. A “chalk about town,” you might say. LES Stories, as the two-day event is called, encourages participants to sketch trivia, memories, or random musings about the neighborhood […]

Aron Streit holding the matzo on opening day, 1925
Streit’s Documentary is a Smash, Extended 2 More Weeks at Film Forum

The numbers are in, and the critically acclaimed documentary about Streit’s Matzo was a home run. In its short one-week residency at the Film Forum, intended to coincide with Passover, Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream surpassed expectations. It became the highest grossing film at the movie house this past week. Due to the success, daily […]

129allen
Peruvian Restaurant ‘Baby Brasa’ Opening Next Month at 129 Allen Street

The Precision barbershop at 129 Allen Street shuttered and relocated earleir this spring. It’s now down the block and with a rebranded identity, Allen Street Cut & Shave. In its place, a new restaurant. A Peruvian restaurant by the name of Baby Brasa is on its way. Butcher paper is in the windows, signaling the […]

cake-shop-plywood-1
A Reinvigorated Cake Shop Tries for a Return to Its Roots

Cake Shop is boarded up. What appears catastrophic at first – yes, it looks closed – is little more than house cleaning. It’s not going anywhere. At least not yet. After several years of well-documented struggles and the crowdfunding campaigns to assist, the eleven-year-old Cake Shop on Ludlow Street is turning the page on its […]