Sep
19

Post #1226 – The Science of Art

Failing Hearts Science Art

The story of The Failing Hearts: this past July, I was invited to record some music with my friend Jay Caddle in his basement studio. There was no game plan, no rehearsals, no discussion on what key to play in or what genre, no overdubs or second takes.  Steve Levandoski would play drums, I would play guitar & Jay would play bass or keyboards and occasionally sing.  We decided to name this project The Failing Hearts.  To be clear, I had never played any of these guitar parts before and most likely would have a tough time trying to completely figure out how to play them again. Strictly off the top of the head and in the moment. Raw instinct. Musical meditation.

That being said, after listening to the sessions, I am completely blown away at how cohesive this all sounds. I love playing with those guys because no one is trying to hog the ball or show off – this isn’t some prog rock jam or the lobby of your local Guitar Center.  This is the sound of three musicians communicating as one (corny as that sounds) on a stormy night in an incredibly humid West Philly basement.  There’s definitely a heavy post-punk vibe to these tracks but they venture all over the place.

Anyway, Jay just put these experimental tracks up on bandcamp – I hope you’ll give them a listen.

The cover for the EP features my collage Terminal.

Sep
16

Post #1125 – Blacklisted in Copenhagen

blacklist feature on artist Joe Castro

Blacklisted Copenhagen just dropped an Artist Spotlight and interview about my collage work  – we talked music, skateboarding and the art of cutting and pasting.  Check it out here.

Sep
7

Post #1224 – Amy Winehouse Foundation

I was recently asked to create a collage for a special benefit auction in London for the Amy Winehouse Foundation.  Organized by Zebra One Gallery, the auction will take place September 13 at the Century Club in Soho.  All proceeds will go toward helping with the foundation’s mission of supporting and empowering children and young adults in need through music therapy and music education and working to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people.

I was obsessed with the Back to Black album when it came out and was fortunate enough to get to see Amy live on her US Tour in 2007 so I am very honored to be a part of this event and to donate this piece to such a worthy cause.

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Sep
7

Post #1223 – Westward movie poster

Here’s a brand new, 2 color limited edition silkscreen poster I designed for my friend/director Justin Clowes’ latest film project, Westward. He is selling these posters in an effort to raise necessary fund to complete the film.  You can receive one of these prints by making a donation on the Westward indiegogo page.

About Westward:
Westward is a true indie full of desert landscapes and lo-fi intrigue. Influenced  by  late 70s/early 80s film making and with a lead character that is the seminal anti-hero setting out on what could be his last drive across a never ending wasteland. A newly acquired pink haired companion joins him on his journey and while she may seem naive, she has a few tricks up her own sleeve.

At a time when content is abundantly formulaic, help support film making dedicated to being unique and challenging the way people think about original film.

About Justin Clowes:
Justin Clowes has been making films, music videos and documentaries for the last 15 years. Completely self taught and stubbornly marching to his own beat, the fruit of his labors has been unique if not mixed in their result. Determined not to be constrained by the machine or have his vision diluted by investors, this is a film maker you should support if you believe in supporting the arts and true independent film.

Aug
31

Post #1222 – terminal

Terminal collage Joe Castro

Terminal is a piece of cut paper collage art using images taken from vintage magazines and other ephemera that are hand cut with an xacto knife and then dry adhered to paper using a gel medium. The original is roughly 13 inches wide by 14.5 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed August 2016

Prints and other merchandise are available via 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!

Jul
21

Post #1221 – Season of Destiny

Seasons of Destiny collage Joe Castro

Seasons of Destiny is a piece of cut paper collage art using images taken from vintage magazines and other ephemera that are hand cut with an xacto knife and then dry adhered to paper using a gel medium. The original is roughly 11 inches wide by 15 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed May 2016

Seasons of Destiny was recently featured in Cults of Life zine #5 – it is available for purchase here.

Prints and other merchandise are also available via 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!

Jul
15

Post #1220 – Grace Notes (Cults of Life #5)

Grace Notes collage by artist Joe Castro

Grace Notes is a  cut paper collage using images taken from vintage magazines and other ephemera that are hand cut with an xacto knife and dry adhered to paper with a gel medium.  The original image is roughly 12 inches wide by 15.5 inches tall (not including matte and frame).

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

It was created in May 2016 for Cults of Life zine #5 – which is out now and available here.  The whole zine is beautifully put together and features work from 21 different artist from around the world. Please support independent publishing and pick one up.

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!

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Jul
14

Post #1219 – Burn in Self Effigy

Burn in Self Effigy collage Joe Castro

Burn in Self Effigy is a piece of cut paper collage art using images taken from vintage magazines and other ephemera that are hand cut with an xacto knife and then dry adhered to paper using a gel medium. The original is roughly 22 inches wide by 30 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed July 2016

Prints, etc available via 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!

Jul
13

Post #1218 – Lily

Lily is a paper collage by artist Joe Castro

Lily is a cut paper collage using images taken primarily from vintage magazines and other ephemera that are hand cut with an xacto knife and dry adhered to paper with a gel medium. The original image size is roughly 12″ x 16″ and was featured, along with an interview, in (de)_Taglio Magazine #4.  Check it out here.

Prints, etc. available via saatchionline and 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!

Jul
6

Post #1217 – Seafang

I was stoked to find a few copies of the new Seafang 7″ single (which I did the cover for) waiting for me in the mailbox this morning.  As some of you know, I go way back with Elephant Stone Records as they put out both releases from my former band, The Situation. To be honest, our band never really came through for the label as we disintegrated a few short months after finally releasing our debut LP, which Ben had to borrow money for to pay for the mixing and pressing. Between the financial strain and just the general sorry state of the music industry, the label went into hibernation sometime around 2007 so I was very excited when I heard that they were putting something out in 2016 and was sincerely honored to be asked to create the artwork for the record. Ben and Bella are the real deal, true believers in the spirit of rock and roll, and I owe them a lot.  Much respect to both of them.

The Seafang single is great but don’t take my word for it – check out the tunes here.  If you dig indie pop like The Primitives, Shop Assistants, JAMC, Best Coast, etc, then be sure to pick one up. The record officially drops July 29th.