Jan
13

Post #1203 – Poetic Logic

Very excited to have my collage Genetically Modified Visual Stimuli included in Poetic Logic, a juried group show at the Sweetwater Center for the Arts, focusing on collage and assemblage.  The show opens Saturday January 15 and runs until February 26, 2016. 200 Broad Street, Sewickley, PA 15143 – make the trek if you can.

Artists Include:
Erin Anfinson, Elizabeth Asche Douglas, Brad Bianchi, Joe Castro, Ron Copeland, Sharon Covington, Craig Deppen Auge, David Dumo ,Jeff Falk ,Lorraine Glessner
Leah Gose , Bethany Haeseler, Cheryl Hochberg, Sisavanh Houghton, Han Huisman Blythe King, Ray Klimek, Armin Muhsam, Clare Murray Adams, Ron Nigro, Laure-Helene Oakes-Caseau, Erwin “Tres” Roemer III, Nicole Schneider, Sarah Simmons, Stacie Speer Scott, Margaret Suchland, Grace Summanen, Will Ursprung, Gwen Waight, Michael Willet

genetically modified visual stimuli

genetically modified visual stimuli

 

 

More info:
In the early 20th century, with the advent of mass production of materials and media, artists like Pablo Picasso, George Braque and Kurt Schwitters began developing collage as a way of reappropriating and repurposing materials and images to imbue their works with juxtaposed information that expressed a kind of poetic logic of association.

In our current culture of mass information and media it is not surprising that artists are finding a continued purpose in investigating such relevant processes. This national juried exhibition will showcase artists working in collage, assemblage and other processes of incorporating elements of repurposed materials as a way of expressing our contemporary experience.

 

Jan
5

Post #1202 – The Rhetorical Interview

I recently sat down for an quick interview with Samantha Gordashko from Rhetorical Music to talk about collage art, music videos, album design and a love for VANS footwear.  Click here to check it out.

Jan
5

Post #1201 – Harmony in Chaos (Rhetorical music)

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you had a great holiday. I’m still playing catch up on a few scraps of news from 2015 and, in the better late that never category, I’m very excited to announce that I will be partnering w/ Simon Doty & his melodic-techno label Rhetorical Music to provide collage artwork for all their upcoming releases in 2016. The first one, Harmony in Chaos, dropped Dec 15 via beatport & features my collage Bull Runyou can check it out here. Stay tuned for more to come.

 

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Dec
17

Post #1200 – Madalean Gauze

Very excited about this one – here’s a poster I designed for Philadelphia singer/songwriter Madalean Gauze, for her upcoming show at Boot and Saddle in Philly, to celebrate the release of her excellent new album, Sing.  To be honest, when she first reached out to me, I was completely unfamiliar with her music and somewhat skeptical, because I am old and jaded and most newer bands I cross paths with don’t move me – but this record blew me away. It strikes a strong balance between arty, sophisticated arrangements and accessible pop hooks without coming across as pretentious or labored.  It’s catchy and intelligent, heart felt and powerful – simply brilliant. I hear elements of St Vincent, Patti Smith and Morrissey among others in there – but it retains a unique sound of it’s own. Anyway, I’m not here to write an album review but I will say it’s quickly become one of my favorite releases of the past year and has been on  steady rotation here at the studio.   Do yourself a favor and check it out here.  If this record doesn’t blow up, I’ll loose what little faith I have left in the music industry.

The poster is a 2 color silkscreen on 100# Cement Green French paper and features a new collage I created for it, entitled Deep Heart (shown below).

Thank you for finding me Madalean.

 

JoeCastro_DeepHeart_700

Dec
15

Post #1199 – Pisces

cut paper collage on paper
12.5? x 16?
November 2015


This is from my series of 12 collages based on the signs of the zodiac, that was created for Glamour Magazine Germany’s Januar 2016 issue.

Dec
13

Post #1198 – Scorpio

cut paper collage on paper
13.5? x 13.5?
November 2015


This is from my series of 12 collages based on the signs of the zodiac, that was created for Glamour Magazine Germany’s Januar 2016 issue.

Dec
13

Post #1197 – RIP George Manney

Really bummed to hear about the passing of George Manney – I had the pleasure of recording with George when I was in The Situation, and he produced the track (What Keeps You) Keeping On from the Reece Nasty EP. We didn’t always see eye to eye creatively (who does?) , but he was a solid guy, a true gentleman with a good sense of humor and a generous spirit who donated his time and helped us out because of his love, dedication and belief in the beauty of rock-n-roll. RIP George. Much respect.

 

Dec
10

Post #1196 – Leo

cut paper collage on paper
12″ x 12″
November 2015


This is from my series of 12 collages based on the signs of the zodiac, that was created for Glamour Magazine Germany’s Januar 2016 issue.

Dec
10

Post #1195 – Signs of the Zodiac series

Glamour Magazine Germany recently commissioned me to created a series of 12 collages based on the signs of the zodiac – you can check them out in the Januar 2016 issue, which just hit the newstands.  I had a great time creating these and it was a true pleasure to work with everyone at Glamour Deutschland.  More photos to come – stay tuned!

Nov
26

Post #1194 – National Collage Society’s 31st Annual Juried Show

I was very surprised/humbled to receive an award in mail this week from the National Collage Society – I had previously received notification that my piece Night Shifting Shadows had been selected for inclusion in their 2015 Juried Show but had no idea it was also one of 11 collages given an award from guest judge Jonathan Talbot.  Thank you to Gretchen Bierbaum and everyone involved at NCS for all that they do. It’s an honor to be included with so many other great artists in this show. Much respect.

You can view the entire NCS 2015 Juried Show here.

 

JoeCastro_Night_Shifting_Shadows_550

 

 

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