Jun
20

Post #1283 – Never a Blind Eye Turn

Never A BLind Eye Turn collage by artist Joe Castro

Never A Blind Eye Turn is a piece of cut paper collage art using images found in vintage magazines and other ephemera that are then dry adhered to paper with a gel medium.  The original image is roughly 17.5 inches wide by 14.5 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed in June 2018. This piece was created after hearing an audio recording of frightened children who were forcefully separated from their parents and taken to interim camps at  the United States / Mexico border. I will be honest in stating that, as a parent myself, I could not make it through the entire audio.  It was too heartbreaking. This is a disgraceful policy that must be stopped.

 

Jun
20

Post #1282 – Gravamen update

Mighty Joe Castro recording at the mixing board at Cambridge Sound Studio

Hello friends – I wanted to take a moment and give everyone a quick update on my latest musical project, Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen.  We’ve been recording with our old friend Jim Salamone at Cambridge Sound Studio in South Philadelphia, working on four songs for an upcoming release.  I am really excited with the way everything has turned out.  The songs are mixed and in the process of being mastered so it won’t be long now.

In the meantime, we are excited to return to 1984 Barcade in Wilmington, Delaware.  We’ll be bringing our rockabilly sound there on Friday June 22, sharing the stage with Adam Beck and our our old friends, The Collingwood.  I have known Collingwood frontman and local filmmaker Chris Malinowski since the early 1990’s, when Nero would play shows with his former band, The Absurd, so I am especially looking forward to this one.   And it always feels good to return home to Delaware. I am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces in the audience – hope to see you there.

More shows to come so please stay tuned.  And if you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to follow the band on instagram and facebook.

Jun
6

Post #1281- I’m Sticking with You at Kolaj Fest New Orleans

Mighty Joe Castro Im Sticking with You at Kolaj Fest New Orleans

I am very excited to announce that I will host a 90 minute session of collage making and conversation at Kolaj Fest New Orleans this year.  The event runs from July 12-15, 2018.

We’ll cut. We’ll paste.  We’ll discuss the business of art, trends in collage and which pomade really provides the best hold for your hairstyle. Early registration ends June 9 so sign up now and save yourself 50 dollars American.

So make your way down to the Big Easy this July – looking forward to meeting you face to face. More information below:

I’m Sticking With You: Collage Making & Conversation with Mighty Joe Castroat Kolaj Fest New Orleans

Mighty Joe Castro often starts his collage on a large sheet of paper on the floor. “I don’t like to be confined by size,” he said. “When starting a collage, I often set out with a very specific concept or goal in mind–other times, it begins as playfully collecting images that speak to me and then putting them together to see what the visual conversation brings.”

 

Castro is an accomplished Philadelphia-based collage artist, musician, and graphic designer. His artwork has been shown in galleries and art spaces across the United States, Canada, and Europe. He was featured in an Artist Portfolio in Kolaj #8 and in Collage Artist Trading Cards, Pack 1. His series, “Signs of the Zodiac” appeared in the German edition of Glamour Magazine. His work was published in Gestalten’s The Age of Collage: Contemporary Collage in Modern Art, which was announced in Kolaj #6.

 

His collages are a dynamic walk through a variety of themes: “dualism, injustice, modern life, the discarded past, devolution and the trappings of a society that’s becoming less and less humanistic, a culture obsessed with new technology and driven to consume at all costs,” he said.

At Kolaj Fest New Orleans, Castro will host a ninety minute quick collage making session. “We’ll cut, we’ll paste, we’ll discuss the business of art, trends in collage and which pomade really provides the best hold for your hairstyle.”

Kolaj Fest New Orleans is a multi-day festival and symposium about contemporary collage and its role in art, culture, and society, July 12-15, 2018. Learn more, see an overview of the program, and register to attend HERE.

See more of Joe Castro’s work and learn more about him on his Kolaj Magazine Artist Directory page and website.

May
23

Post #1280 – The Killing Moon

The Killing Moon cut paper collage by artist Mighty Joe Castro

The Killing Moon is a piece of cut paper collage art using images found in vintage magazines and other ephemera that are then dry adhered to paper with a gel medium.  The original image is roughly 15 inches wide by 20 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed in May 2018. And, yes, the title was taken from Echo and the Bunnymen’s iconic song – a long time personal favorite of mine.

Prints are now available from my etsy shop.  Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece should be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com.

And please take a moment to follow my new rockabilly band, Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen on instagram and facebook a. We have been in the studio recording recently and should have some tracks up as well as some vinyl for sale in the cmoning months. And, if you don’t already, please also follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter.

Thank you for your support!

May
17

Post #1279 – Wish You Were Here

wish you were here collage art by Mighty Joe Castro

Wish You Were Here is a piece of abstract cut paper collage art using images found in vintage magazines and other ephemera that are then dry adhered to paper with a gel medium.  The original image is roughly 21  inches wide by 15 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed in May 2018.

Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece should be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com.

And, if you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter. Also, my new rockabilly band, Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen are now on instagram and facebook as well so please take a moment to follow along for updates on live shows and record releases.

Thank you as always, for your support!

May
17

Post #1278 – cellophane

cellophane collage art by Mighty Joe Castro

Cellophane is a piece of cut paper collage art using images found in vintage magazines and other ephemera that are then dry adhered to paper with a gel medium.  The original image is roughly 23  inches wide by 17 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed in May 2018.

Prints, etc are currently available via Society6 and Saatchi Online. Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece should be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com.

And, if you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter. Also, my new rockabilly band, Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen are now on instagram and facebook as well so please take a moment to follow along for updates on live shows and record releases.

Thank you for your support!

Apr
23

Post #1277 – the asphalt twist

the asphalt twist paper collage by Mighty Joe Castro

The Asphalt Twist is a piece of cut paper collage art using images found in vintage magazines and other ephemera that are then dry adhered to paper with a gel medium.  The original image is roughly 20  inches wide by 16 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed in APril 2018.

Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece should be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com.

And, if you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter. Also, my new rockabilly band, Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen are now on instagram and facebook as well so please take a moment to follow along for updates on live shows and record releases.

Thank you for your support!

Apr
5

Post #1276 – Songs from a tiny desk…

MIghty Joe Castro Dont Forget About Me Tiny Desk

I found out at the last minute that NPR was hosting a  Tiny Desk contest, based on their popular live music series.  So, with the deadline less than 24 hours away, I quickly filmed this clip in the home studio one night with my iphone taped to a mic stand. The song is a new one I wrote, entitled Don’t Forget About Me.  Lyrics below.  Enjoy…

Don’t Forget About Me

(music/lyrics by Joe Castro. ©2018 mightyjoetunes)

don’t forget about me when the time comes to leave
you know you don’t owe me anything at all
one day you’ll see the measure of my loyalty
when the good times aren’t too shameful to recall

nothing left to hold you to the promises of those who
flaunted you like a well worn accessory
and it would be too naive, to think the good times would never cease
without you, they’re just an empty luxury

so when it’s time to go your way or there’s nothing left to say
cause your body language already said it all
don’t forget about me when the time comes to leave
just bow and take your final curtain call

I drizzled admiration at your every invitation
my dedication’s been fatally sincere
but if destiny pulls us on toward opposite horizons
Please let me be your souvenir…

how tragic would it be if someday you mysteriously
evaporated from my memory
but please rest assured, you’ll be remembered as so much more
then some everlasting acquaintance in custody

all those days I let you win, though my patience was paper thin
and our nights were drenched in sweat and alcohol
so don’t forget about me when the time comes to leave
you know you don’t owe me anything at all

Mar
21

Post #1275 – The Coming Tide…

Joe Castro The Coming Tide collage art

The Coming Tide… is a piece of cut paper collage art using images found in vintage magazines and other ephemera that are then dry adhered to paper with a gel medium The original image is roughly 18  inches wide by 16 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed in March 2018.

The Coming Tide art print by Joe CastroPrints are now available exclusively through my esty shop.  They are available in two sizes: 12×18  inches and 18×24 inches.  They are hand signed by the artist.  Click here to purchase.

Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece should be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com.

And, if you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter. Also, my new rockabilly band, Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen are now on instagram and facebook as well so please take a moment to follow along for updates on live shows and record releases.

Thank you for your support!

Mar
1

Post #1274 – What’s your Sign?

Signs of the Zodiac collage prints by Mighty Joe Castro

Those of you who’ve been following this site for some time may remember a series of collages I created in 2016 for Glamour Magazine Germany.  Each piece was a visual representation of one of the 12 astrological signs of the zodiac.  The series ran in the magazine for the full year, each issue featuring it’s corresponding star sign along with that month’s horoscope.

Since then, I’ve gotten a number of requests to make prints from the series available.  So, for the first time ever, you can now purchase a zodiac sign print through my Etsy site.  There are two sizes available – 12 x 18 inches or 18 x24 inches  – both are printed on super heavyweight uncoated paper and are hand signed by myself.  Below is a select sampling of some of the collages.  You can view or purchase the prints here.

And, if you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter. Stay tuned for updates on new music from Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen as well as upcoming art shows as well. Thank you for your support!

Aries collage by Mighty Joe Castro

Aries

Capricorn

Leo

Scorpio