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!

Oct
16

Post #1263 – Artists for Puerto Rico

puerto rico el espiritu es mas fuerte que cualquier tormenta collage Joe Castro

A few weeks ago, my friend Eneida Cardona reached out and asked if I would help her create an online shop that would sell art/prints to raise money for the people of Puerto Rico who have been affected by the recent hurricanes.  Although currently living in the Bronx,  Eneida still has family on the island and, as we struggled to watch the continued news coverage, we discussed our shared feeling of helplessness as well as our continued frustration with the current political bickering.  So, in a small effort of action, we gathered up a handful of artists and created the website, Artists for Puerto Rico.  We offer prints and artwork for sale with 100% of all profits going directly to United for Puetro Rico.

I created this collage especially for the site, which I titled El espíritu es más fuerte que cualquier tormenta. The prints are 18 inches by 24 inches and  cost $75 plus shipping. Please consider purchasing one or just make a donation.

http://www.artistsforpuertorico.org/product/el-espiritu-es-mas-fuerte-que-cualquier-tormenta

We are hoping to add more work to Artists for Puerto Rico so, if you are an artist who is interested in helping out by donating a print, feel free to reach me at mightyjoecastro@gmail.com

Thank you, as always, for your support!

El espíritu es más fuerte que cualquier tormenta 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 12 inches wide by 18 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed in October 2017.

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
6

Post #1262 – the wail

the wail paper collage Joe Castro

the wail 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 and augmented with gouache. The original image is roughly 20 inches wide by 16 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed in October 2017.

Prints 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!

Sep
21

Post #1261 – Mercury and the waning crescent moon

Joe Castro Mercury and the waning crescent moon collage art

Mercury and the waning crescent moon 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 13.5 inches wide by 17.5 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed in September 2017.

Prints 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!

Sep
20

Post #1260 – Leesta Vall Field Recording

Joe Castro Every Setting Sun vinyl field recording LeestaVall

This past Saturday (September 16),  I was lucky enough to record a new song as part of Leesta Vall’s Direct to Vinyl Field Recordings.  Brooklyn based, Leesta Vall specializes in limited edition lathe cut records that are made on modified vintage record cutting lathes.  Basically, they set up the machine in the shop, you come in and perform your song – live and raw, one take, two mics – and 60 seconds later you’re walking out the door with a one of a kind vinyl record of the performance in your hands.  It’s reminiscent of the novelty recording booths that were popular in the 1920s-50s, where, pre-cassette tape era,  it was the only way the average person could hear the sound of their own voice.

The session took place at my favorite record shop, Matones Music in Collegeville, PA – a location I’ve performed at a number of times recently as part of their monthly open mic gatherings. The owner Adam is working hard to build a scene there and the shop has become a bit of a home base for local musician. Matones is a gem and the real deal for sure – definitely worth the trip if you’re into vinyl. They also have a few of my gig posters hanging on the wall as well.

The song I recorded is entitled For Every Setting Sun. I transferred the vinyl to digital via a USB record player and uploaded it to soundcloud for your listening pleasure.  I hope you dig it. The song was written this past summer and has not appeared on any official release as of yet.  I’ve been in the process of writing a handful of new songs as well as putting a new band together with the goal being to play more shows and release more records.  More to come on that front so please stay tuned.

Leesta Vall vinyl lathe

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Sep
13

Post #1259 – within every breath a prayer for peace

within every breath a prayer for peace collage Joe Castroart

Within Every Breath a Prayer for Peace is a cut paper collage using images taken from vintage magazines and other ephemera that are handcut with an xacto knife then dry adhered to paper using a gel medium and augmented with gouache. The original is roughly 10 inches wide by 13 inches high (not including matte and frame) and was completed September 2017.

Prints and more are available via 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. Thank you for your support!