Feb
15

Post #1273 – the disease you carry home

the disease you carry home collage by Joe Castro

the disease you carry home 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 33  inches wide by 22 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed in February 2018. This is definitely one of the larger collages I have done.  I don’t think the small screen really does it justice.

Prints and other products are available through society6 and saatchi.  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. Stay tuned for updates on new music and upcoming live shows as well. Thank you for your support!

Feb
13

Post #1272 – metamorphosis

metamorphosis collage by Joe Castro

metamorphosis 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 and a half inches wide by 17 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed in February 2018.

Prints and other products are available through society6 and saatchi.  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. Stay tuned for updates on new music and upcoming live shows as well. Thank you for your support!

Jan
26

Post #1271 – Matones Music Sessions

This past December, h00v3r (upright bass) and I were invited to perform a few songs at my favorite record store, Matones Music in Collegeville, PA, to be filmed for their ongoing Shop Sessions web series.  They posted the fruits of our labor earlier today – take a look.

Special thanks to Nathan Allebach for filming and to Adam Matone for having us.

And be sure to catch Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen’s debut performance show Saturday February 3 at 1984 in Wilmington, DE with Phil Young and Bos Tauras. We’ll also be playing at Century in the Greys Ferry area of Philadelphia on Friday February 23  with Boog, the little wretches, easy bake oven, ex > tension and echo lightwave unspeakable. Both shows will feature the full 4 piece band lineup.  Doghouse bass, heavy reverb, a little bad juju and some good times.

Jan
17

Post #1270 – Swarm

Swarm collage Mighty Joe Castro

Swarm 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 and augmented with gouache. The original image is roughly 16 inches wide by 20 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed in January 2018.

Prints and other products are available through society6 and saatchi.  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. Stay tuned for updates on new music and upcoming live shows as well. Thank you for your support!

Jan
1

Post #1269 – Happy New Year 2018!

Joe Castro 2018

Happy New Year friends and thank you, sincerely, for all your support. I hope your 2018 is filled with much love and good health! 

On my side of things, there is definitely more art in the works for the coming year plus live shows with the new band (more on that front in the next few weeks so stay tuned.) I hope to see as many of you face to face in the coming months as possible. Keep pushing forward till the wheels fall off…

And, if you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter. Thank you for your support!

Dec
15

Post #1268 – Black Powder

black powder paper collage art Joe Castro

Black Powder 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 and augmented with gouache. The original image is roughly 27 inches wide by 32 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed in December 2017. I’m fairly sure this is the largest collage I have done to date.  I’m definitely like the impact of the larger size and hope to create some larger pieces moving forward.

Prints and other products are available through society6 and saatchi.  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. Stay tuned for updates on new music and upcoming live shows as well. Thank you for your support!

 

Nov
19

Post 1267 – Rest in Peace Nick Rotundo

Nick Rotundo Joe Castro Clay Creek Studio

A few weeks ago, I was gutted to hear the news that Nick Rotundo, a long time presence on the Newark, Delaware music scene, suffered a brain aneurysm, and was equally saddened to learn he passed away this past Friday. I had the pleasure of recording with Nick at Clay Creek Studios in the early 90s when I was in Obese Pharaohs of Funk / Nero. In total, we did three 7 inch singles, a full length album and a handful of tracks for various compilations together. Another good man gone much too soon.

The first time we worked together, we were both just starting out – O.P.F. was less than a year old and Nick was just beginning to record local bands with his mobile 8 track reel to reel tape machine (the first sessions were done in our bass player’s basement.)  To be completely honest, even though we’re roughly the same age, I was a bit intimidated the first time I met him.  Nick had a few years of band experience already under his belt and I was a huge fan of his band Walleye. I loved his stage presence and the way he would intensely rock back and forth in his corner of the stage.  So I first approached the guy with the shy timid manner of a fan, but he, in turn, greeted me warmly as a friend.  As time went on, I feel like our growth was somewhat simultaneous – every time we came back to record, the band was a little better but Nick was a lot better, growing his studio from the basement of his dad’s town home into the larger space off Wilbur  Street.   I took every opportunity I could to hang out behind the board with Nick, even inviting myself to sessions with schroeder and the Joy Poppers just to soak up some studio experience and to watch the magic happen.

Whenever I think of recording with Nick, I always come back to a memory of us dragging this 100+ foot mic cable out into the middle of a still August night so he could indulge my mild Buddy Holly obsession by recording the sounds of crickets for a track on the last Nero 7″. Salad days for sure.

I’ll miss the enthusiastic way he would draw out the word “Yeeesssss” when discussing some random piece of music or deciding on what to grab for lunch that day.  He was the real deal – talented but humble, supportive and devoid of pretension.  He had an absurd sense of humor and a great set of ears. And he was always up for experimenting in the studio.

As I slowly moved away from Delaware, we kept loosely in touch, usually running into each other randomly at some gas station or something and each time we did, it was like no time had passed.  When he moved into my old spot at First World Recording Studio behind Finley’s Art Shoppe, I always made a point to drop in and catch up.

These little fragments of memories are such a heavy part of my early twenties and I am really glad I had the opportunity to work with Nick.  Thank you for all you did to help me along in my creative journey. I’m glad our paths crossed. Safe travels my friend.

Rest in Peace Nick.

Nov
15

Post #1266 – Spirit Animals

Spirit Animals collage art by Joe Castro

Spirit Animals 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 25 inches wide by 15 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed in November 2017.

Prints and other products are available through society6. 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. Stay tuned for updates on new music and upcoming live shows as well. Thank you for your support!

Oct
30

Post #1265 – States of Division

States of Division Joe Castro collage art

States of Division is a cut paper collage 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 14 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed in October 2017.

Prints and other products are available through society6 and saatchi. 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. Thank you for your support!

Oct
26

Post #1264 – Beer with Friends

Levante Hidden River Brewing beer Joe Castro

My good friends over at Hidden River Brewing recently got together with Levante Brewing in West Chester to collaborate on a very special IPA.  After some discussion, they approached me about naming the beer after my collage Genetically Modified Visual Stimuli, as well as featuring my artwork on the can. Personally, I love the idea of two competing small business joining forces for something like this and I am honored to be a small part of it. And Hidden River generally pulls their ingredients from within a 15 mile radius of their brewery, which is a company practice I can totally get behind.

To celebrate the collab, there will be 2 beer release events – the first at Levante Brewing in West Chester, PA on Thursday October 26 from 5-10 pm.  The next event will be the following night, Friday October 27 at Hidden River Brewery at the Brinton Lodge in Douglasville, PA. I’ll be in attendance at both events so please drop on by if you are in the area.

This release is extremely limited – once they’re gone, they’re gone – so do yourself a favor and grab a six pack!