Aug
9

Post #1288 – Lost Among the Streams

Lost Among the Streams cut paper collage by Mighty Joe Castro

Lost Among the Streams 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 18 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed in August 2018.

Prints for this collage and other artwork are now available from the new Mighty Joe Castro etsy shop.   Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece should be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com.

On a side note, my latest musical project Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen recently released our debut 4 song EP – pick it up from our bandcamp page for $4 American.

And, if you don’t already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter.

 

Aug
6

Post #1287 – A Song for the Moon

A Song for the Moon collage by artist Mightt Joe Castro

A Song for the 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 17 inches wide by 18 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed in Aug 2018.

Prints for this collage and other artwork are now available from the new Mighty Joe Castro etsy shop.   Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece should be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com.

On a side note, my latest musical project Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen recently released our debut 4 song EP – pick it up from our bandcamp page for $4 American.

And, if you don’t already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter.

Jul
28

Post #1286 – Mocking Fate

Mocking Fate - a short film about Philadelphia rock band The Situation

Mocking Fate:  I recently realized it’s been 10 years since my friend and former band mate Christopher Tucker passed away. I think about him often and, despite how different we were and how often his behavior drove me crazy, I really miss him, especially his wicked sense of humor. He taught me a lot and, at times, challenged my perspective on things. Take it as a good reminder to surround yourself with people who think differently from you, ’cause in the end, they push you and make you a better person.

This is a short film that our friend Justin Clowes put together as a promo piece for The Situation’s debut album, which was about to be released on Elephant Stone Records in 2006. Unfortunately, the band imploded around the same time the doc was finished, so it was never officially released.

Despite all it’s technical faults, I really cherish this time capsule as I think it does a fair job in capturing that time in our lives. The six years we spent in that band were intense and life changing for sure.

Anyway, enjoy the film. For those of you who were there, much love and respect to you. Thank you for everything.

Rest in peace Christopher.

Jul
23

#1285 -Wake Up, You’re Rockin’!

Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen wake up you're rockin' Wake Up You're Rockin

Excited to announce the debut release from my latest music project, Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen. Our four song EP entitled “Wake Up, You’re Rockin’!” is now available through bandcamp and features our modern take on vintage rockabilly and the original primitive rock and roll sound.. The EP was recorded at Cambridge Sound Studios in South Philadelphia, PA, May 4-6, 2018 and was engineered by Jim Salamone and Todd Mecaughey. It was Mixed/mastered at Cambridge  June 11th and June 13th by Jim Salamone.

Listen below for yourself.  And if you like what you hear, please consider spending the $4 to purchase a copy so we can continue to record and release more songs.  And please help spread the word.

You can follow The Gravamen on instagram and facebook.

 

Jul
2

Post #1284 – Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point cut paper collage art by Mighty Joe Castro

Vanishing Point 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 24 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed in June 2018.

Prints are available from society6 and saatchi online.   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 . We have been in the studio mixing four songs and should have some tracks up as well as some vinyl for sale in the coming months. And, if you don’t already, please also follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter.

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!