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.

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