“I consider art as another language”
On her website’s bio page, Andrea Castro describes her art as a conversation between herself and the figures she paints. In her eyes, each portrait represents a character which exists in her imagination and which insists on being painted. Kind of a neat way of thinking about portraiture and about oil painting in general. (Also kind of crazy right?). Castro’s work is quite diverse in tone and style but her aesthetic really shines through in her colorful and slightly surreal works. The gorgeous pastel piece at the top of my post is particularly incredible. I just love the pretty florals and topsy turvy composition. It is titled Sweet Chaotic Memories which seems quite fitting.
In fact all of her pieces have meaningful riddling titles which I appreciate. These paintings are alarming yet captivating and I am totally caught up in them.
Striking. Stunning. I don’t even know what else to say. Let’s just stare at them, shall we?
My friends and I have dubbed this year as the “Year of Adventure.” It will be that last time all three of us are living in the same place and we are determined to make the most of it. The result of this declaration is that we have been going into the city more often and trying lots of new things: art shows, science museums, concerts, comedy festivals, networking events, bowling! You name it, we’ve done it. So last weekend we went to a live taping of the “Doug Loves Movies” podcast at the Nerdmelt showroom. My friend Martha is obsessed with Doug Benson (and Scott Aukerman who made a surprise appearance.) I was just along for the ride.
The venue was awesome. A comic book store / comedy stage with really good vibes. As expected, the taping was super fun and I even got picked to participate! Anyone who listens to the show knows that audience members make “nametags” (movie posters altered with some sort of pun) and then the celebrity contestants pick someone to play for. It’s really fun for anyone who likes to goof around on Photoshop as much as I do. The night before, Martha and I popped open a bottle of wine in the computer lab and cranked out these kooky movie poster masterpieces. Don’t I make a great Angelina Jolie?
It was a blast! I think the podcast is on itunes, if anyone wants to hear them talk about my poster and do hilarious movie trivia. They even call my friend Alexandra a shithead. It’s incredible!