Post #1148 – Ripping and Sticking at Tellus360

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.

About Tellus360:

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.




Post #1147 – Getting Weird in Brooklyn

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 CohenIsabelle Cordemans, William Crump, Harold DiazFred Free, John Gall, James Gallagher, Alan Ganev, Sr. García, April Gertler, Goster, Grande, Diego Guzman, Micosch Holland, Ashkan HonarvarVictoria Ulrikke Iles, Geoff Kim, Jon Legere, Max-o-matic, Sylvia StølanBrandi 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

tornado alley

tornado alley


Post #1146 – Beautiful Stuff

Beautiful Stuff (Rome, Italy) recently featured some of my collages on their blog – thank you for the love!


Post #1145 – The Finish Line

cut paper collage on paper.
20″ x 15″
March 2014

Prints available via saatchionline and society6. To inquire about purchasing the original, please contact us at mightyjoecastro@gmail.com


Post #1144 – sodapoprocks

cut paper collage on paper.
20″ x 15″
March 2014

Prints available via saatchionline and  society6.  To inquire about purchasing the original, please contact us at mightyjoecastro@gmail.com


Post #1143 – Upcoming shows

As some of you may have heard, I’m participating in a couple of group shows in the next few months:

First up is The Age of Collage at Feinkunst Krüger in Hamburg, Germany, which runs from March 9-29.  This exhibit features artists from the Gestalten book of the same name (Linder Sterling, Dennis Busch, Charles Wilkins, Max-O-Matic, the list goes on and on) so it’s definitely worth checking out.  Unfortunately, I’m unable to make it overseas for this one so, if you happen to go, please share some photos. Kohlhöfen 8, 20355 Hamburg, Germany

I’ll also be participating in the International Weird Collage Show at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn.  The opening is Saturday April 19th – I’m planning to be there so, if you’re in the area, please stop by and introduce yourself.  Again, the lineup for this show is pretty heavy as well so I’m very honored to be included.  The exhibit runs from April 19 until May 10th, with lots of special events scheduled as well. Click here for more info.

And speaking of collages, some of my work was recently featured on the Spanish art blog, Old Skull.  Thank you for the love as always, España.

And on the musical side of things, I’ll be playing a very special acoustic set at “An Evening of Drunken Plans and Acoustic Jams” at Mojo Main (Newark, De) on Sunday March 16 along with Watermedown, Jeremy Bursich, Billy from The Headies, Barely Rarely and Lower the Standard.  Show starts early at 5 pm. Presented by Our Velocity Productions. Details here.

And, yes, The Lift Up is still looking for a bass player so, if you know of one who lives in the 610, 215 or 302 area code, drop us a line at theliftupHQ@gmail.com.



Post #1142 – Like a cloud, split open

Like a cloud, split open
cut paper collage on paper
20″ x 17.5″
February 2014

Prints are available via saatchionline and society6.


Post #1141 – Weird Show interview

“You can’t escape the fact that collage is basically a collaboration between the people who created the source materials (photographers, artists, printers, etc) and the person who’s holding the knife. Destroy and rebuild.”

I recently did an interview about my collage work with the good folks over at The Weird Show –  click here to check it out.  I’m also happy to announce that I will be taking part in the next Weird Show group exhibit, which will take place at the Invisible Dog in Brooklyn, NY.  from April 19 – May 10, 2014.  More info on that to come.


Post #1140 – Shackles

Cut paper collage on paper. 16″ x 21″ January 2014
Prints available through saatchionline and society6.


Post #1139 – End of a Delaware Era…

Friends in Delaware –  The Lift Up will playing Mojo Main on Friday Jan 24 and it is with a heavy heart that I announce it will be our last show with Mr. Larry Zappaterrini on bass, who has accepted a job with Disney and will be moving to Florida with his family this February. Besides being one of my closest and dearest friends, Larry and I have been playing side-by-side in the same band together for over 18 years (Nero, Swingline, The Situation, The Lift Up) so this is definitely the end of an era.  For those who were there back in the day, sweating it out with us at The Barn Door, the East End, The Khyber or the North Star,  I sincerely hope you will join us at the show to raise a glass and send him off in proper fashion.  And the band will be pulling out a couple of surprises for the show so don’t sleep on this one. Seriously.

The Lift Up, No Devil Lived On, Black Rainbow Bear and The Sixties – Friday January 24th at Mojo Main, Newark, DE.