I was recently commissioned to create a collage for GQ Style magazine in Germany, for an article about up and coming London fashion designer. The issue (Fall 2014) is out on news stands now so grab one if you see it. Thank you, as always for the love, Deutschland!
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