I recently did an interview with KidsofDada.com, a very cool UK-based organization that represents/supports a number of different artists from around the world. We talked art, we talked music, we talked psychology – you can read the complete interview here. I also have a few original pieces for sale that are available exclusively through the site – click here to window shop.
I am very excited to have my collage Constant Illuminations chosen to be included in the new book, 50/50, which features 50 collage artists from around the world and was curated/published by Collage Collective Co. and Hanker Magazine in Australia. The book is out now and available for viewing/purchasing online via Blurb – click here to check it out. The book looks beautiful and I can’t wait to get my copy in the mail. Thank you to all involved.
Full list of featured artists: Alana Rung – Alvaro Sanchez – Andrew Melo – Andrew McGranahan – Angela Corti – Antonio de Arcos – Catharina Fessit – Cristina Muffatti – Druet Yoann – Elton Eerkens – Eugenia Loli – Evenlyn Wong – Fabio Tiracchia – Francesca Belgiojoso – Fred Litch – Gabri Guerrero – Ivana Milovanovic – Jacob Spriggs – Joe Castro – John Turck – John Vochatzer – Jonathan Vico – Jordana Mirski Fridman – Lara Alonso Ozores – Leandro Pasquariello – Marte haverkamp – Matthew Keller – Michael Meade – Musta Fior – Nick Dijsselbloem – Niko Vartiainen – Nuno Ferreira – Pablo Thecuadro – Paz Brarda – RaÚl Gill – Ritta Koukkunen – Sacha Cohen Tanugi – Sahid Permana Norwahdito – Sam Bloor – Sam MacCuaig – Shabnam Shukurora – Steve Tierney – Steven Duke – Susan Ringler – Takuro Kishibe – Teresa Cucala – Vania Valzasina – Wisse Ankersmit – Xadai Rudá – Zerek Twede.
A huge Thank You to Kolaj Magazine for featuring some of my work in their latest issue. Besides the four page spread, issue #8 also features a small write up on the recent International Weird Collage Show in Brooklyn I was a part of. I’ve been a loyal reader since Kolaj started and it’s always a good read so do yourself a favor and get a subscription.
Here’s an excerpt from the Artist Portfolio article:
“Joe Castro’s collages are like a controlled explosion, aggressive and pensive. There are violent moments in most, as in Backhand where a man’s eye is being poked out, or Aftershock where a man stabs another man in the head. It is very much about turmoil, in composition and subject matter. Castro takes a global perspective and has each piece of the collage reach out in a different direction. It’s as if they are events contained as an entity all desperately trying to exist together in a jumble.
There is a degree of sarcasm in Castro’s tone. Tornado Alley captures twisting motion using bejeweled bracelets meant to symbolize love. The composition overall has a glossy air, and the viewer feels caught in the whirlwind of consumption. Blind Exodus has a stack of American pennies in the center of it, praying women pushed towards the currency, and a hand that forcefully grasps teeth that bite down on a knife. Castro is not looking to shield us or show us pleasantries. Still, because of the scale of the images and movement in the composition, the viewer is kept considering and reconsidering the relationships between the elements Castro has asked us to contemplate.” – Ariane Fairlie
I have three collages (pictured below) in “Ripping and Sticking: The Art of Collage“, a juried group show at the Tellus360 Gallery in Lancaster, PA. The show runs from May 2nd until June 27th and was juried by Carl Vestweber. There’ll be an opening reception on Wednesday May 21st at 5pm, as well as some events to coincide with the city’s Artswalk Weekend (May 3-4). The gallery is connected to a great live music venue and bar, so definitely stop by, check out the art, grab a drink then stay to hear some tunes. And Amish country is beautiful this time of year. Shoofly Pie for days. 24 East King Street, Lancaster, PA.
On a side note, there’s a great little cafe around the corner, Prince Street Cafe, that’s worth checking out as well.
Tellus360 is a shiny new concept located in the heart of downtown Lancaster, PA where eco-friendly living, live music, reclaimed wood furniture, farm-fresh food, thought-provoking art and heaps of fun all come together, have a beer and catch up with each other – all under one green roof. We are productive, storytelling, life-living, loving, creative and happy people who believe in a simple, community-driven life where everyone is equal, where anything is possible and where life is good for all at the expense of none. We are learning constantly, questioning always and are actively pursuing better ways of doing things in a continuous quest to find the simplest way of doing everything we do.
Saturday April 19th is the opening party for the International Weird Collage Show at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, NY. I’m very excited to have my pieces, Tornado Alley and sodapoprocks (pictured below) included in the show and, with a total of 35 collage artists from around the world participating (full list below), this one should be pretty epic . It’s been a while since I’ve been back in the Big Apple so I’m really looking forward to opening night and hope to see you there. 6-10 pm – 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY.
About the show:
A collective exhibition featuring collage work by Rubén B, André Bergamin, Molly Bosley, Dennis Busch, Julia Busch, Joe Castro, Jordan Clark, Cless, Tamar Cohen, Isabelle Cordemans, William Crump, Harold Diaz, Fred Free, John Gall, James Gallagher, Alan Ganev, Sr. García, April Gertler, Goster, Grande, Diego Guzman, Micosch Holland, Ashkan Honarvar, Victoria Ulrikke Iles, Geoff Kim, Jon Legere, Max-o-matic, Sylvia Stølan, Brandi Strickland, Sweet Suede, John Whitlock, Oliver Wiegner, Charles Wilkin, Niko Vartiainen, Anthony Zinonos and Mario Zoots
Curated by Max-o-matic, Rubén B and Charles Wilkin
April 19th – May 10th, 2014
Opening April 19th, 2014, 6-10pm
Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn NY
51 Bergen Street. Brooklyn, NY, 11201. USA.
The visually mind bending INTERNATIONAL WEIRD COLLAGE SHOW (IWCS) continues it’s unstoppable global expedition and shape shifting collage exhibition series with it’s 8th edition and U.S. debut at Brooklyn’s The Invisible Dog Art Center. Expanding beyond its core group of collage provocateurs and instigators, the Brooklyn edition of the IWCS is certainly founders Rubén B and Max-o-matic’s most ambitious exhibition yet, with 35 artist from 10 countries. By enlisting the help of co-curator and local collage master Charles Wilkin, this exhibition promises to reexamine this often misunderstood medium with an interactive exhibition of stunning experimental collage works, inspirational artist talks and a live collage round table featuring many of today’s most influential cutters.
The INTERNATIONAL WEIRD COLLAGE SHOW started in Madrid in 2011 with the primary mission of providing enlightenment and discourse by uniting the global collage community through exhibitions, printed matter and on-line publishing. This simple premise has produced a stream of grass-roots shows and publications, propelling collage out of the shadows to become one of today’s most influential mediums. Past exhibitions have been presented in Madrid (Spain), Rotterdam (Neatherlands), Berlin (Germany), San José (Costa Rica), Quito (Ecuador) and Lima (Perú), and the BROOKLYN WEIRD SHOW will continue the WEIRD tradition of providing collage artists everywhere an outlet to express their voice, offering a glimpse into the undefined and universal narratives that brings us together.
In addition to the exhibition there will be a series of collage workshops and lectures presented by some of the artists featured in the BROOKLYN WEIRD SHOW over the course of the exhibition, they include;
Fred Free and Charles Wilkin – Collage Round Table
Friday, April 18th, 2014, 6-8pm
Exhibiting Artists and Press only
James Gallagher Lecture
Sunday, May 4th, 2014
Open to the Public
Rubén B and Charles Wilkin – Collage Workshop
Friday, May 9th, 2014, 6-7pm
Open to the Public