Feb
13

The Politics of Time (post #1298)

The Politics of Time collage art by Mighty Joe Castro

The Politics of Time 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 14 inches wide by 20 inches tall (not including matte and frame). It was completed in February 2019.

Prints of The Politics of Time are available through the Mighty Joe Castro Etsy shop. They are available in two sizes. 12 inches x 18 inches are $30. 18 by 24 inch prints are $45. Both are signed by the artist. Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece can be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com.

And don’t forget that my brand new book, Everything We Love Is Slowly Becoming Fiction, is out now. Focusing on work created between 2007 and 2017, the book highlights over 120 original collages, album covers and silkscreen posters. It includes a collection of previously released artist interviews from those years, never before seen work in progress images, a new essay by Marta Staudinger (Latela Gallery), forward by Andy Jenkins (Girl Skateboards/Element/Bend Press), and a new conversational interview conducted by fellow collage artist Allan Bealy. Each book is hand numbered and hand signed by the artist. Supplies here at the warehouse are dwindling so please order on before it’s too late. Order yours here.

Please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter.

Feb
7

Our Continent Lost (post #1297)

Our Continent Lost collage by Mighty Joe Castro

Our Continent Lost 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 17 inches wide by 15 1/2 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed in February 2019.

Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece can be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com. Prints are not available for Our Continent Lost at this time but that could change in the near future. Please check our ETSY shop regularly.

And don’t forget that my brand new book, Everything We Love Is Slowly Becoming Fiction, is out now. Focusing on work created between 2007 and 2017, the book highlights over 120 original collages, album covers and silkscreen posters. It includes a collection of previously released artist interviews from those years, never before seen work in progress images, a new essay by Marta Staudinger (Latela Gallery), forward by Andy Jenkins (Girl Skateboards/Element/Bend Press), and a new conversational interview conducted by fellow collage artist Allan Bealy. Each book is hand numbered and hand signed by the artist. Supplies here at the warehouse are dwindling so please order on before it’s too late. Order yours here.

And, if you don’t already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter.

For music news, please follow Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen on spotify, instagram and facebook.


Feb
5

The Weird Show Interview – 2019 (post #1296)

MIghty Joe Castro interview with The Weird Show Collage

I recently did a follow up interview with Maxomatic over at The Weird Show. We discussed my new retrospective book of collages and interviews as well as life, art and the passing of time.

If you are familiar with the book, it includes an interview I did for the Weird Show back in 2014, just prior to the opening of their group collage show I was a part of at The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, NY. Max and Ruben have been incredibly supportive of the collage art scene, organizing countless exhibits as well as doing interviews and promotions. I am honored to once again be featured on their site. Gracias amigos!

Here’s a short excerpt from the interview…

We interviewed the Philadelphia based artist about his work and thoughts and his latest book recently published, collecting the best of his last decade´s work.

– In your book´s introduction Marta Staudinger wonders if  “Everything we love is slowly becoming fiction”  (the title of the book) is a political, cultural o sociological statement? Can you tell us something about it and explain also why it summarizes one decade of your work?
That title is really just an expression for the passing of time.  When you are young, you think you know everything.  As you get older, you learn you really know absolutely nothing and things you once took for granted as being personal truths no longer hold any water.  But the beauty in “I don’t know”  is that the road forward it completely wide open, if you are receptive to it. 

 The only thing that is true is the present moment—everything else is fiction. Once the present moment has past, any recollection or revisiting of that past moment has to be seen through the lens of the viewer, which is ultimately colored by personal preference and bias. History is just a matter of perspective. 

Click here to read the entire interview

Click here to purchase Mighty Joe Castro’s limited edition retrospective book, Everything We Love Is Slowly Becoming Fiction

Mighty Joe Castro retrospective collage book
Jan
18

Post #1295 – Transient Transfection

Transient Transfection collage by artist Mighty Joe Castro

Transient Transfection 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 20 inches wide by 10 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed in January 2019.

Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece can be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com. Prints are not available for Transient Transfection at this time but that could change in the near future. Please check our ETSY shop regularly.

And don’t forget that my brand new book, Everything We Love Is Slowly Becoming Fiction, is out now. Focusing on work created between 2007 and 2017, the book highlights over 120 original collages, album covers and silkscreen posters. It includes a collection of previously released artist interviews from those years, never before seen work in progress images, a new essay by Marta Staudinger (Latela Gallery), forward by Andy Jenkins (Girl Skateboards/Element/Bend Press), and a new conversational interview conducted by fellow collage artist Allan Bealy. Each book is hand numbered and hand signed by the artist. Supplies here at the warehouse are dwindling so please order on before it’s too late. Order yours here.

And, if you don’t already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter. For music news, please follow Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen on spotify, instagram and facebook.

Happy Belated New Year friends!

Jan
16

Post #1294 – Click_Bait

Click_Bait Dab Art Fall 2018

I was honored to have two of my collages selected for inclusion in Click_Bait, the Fall 2018 issue of Dab Art Quarterly. This issue, which was also an online exhibition, featured work of a political nature. My two pieces were Divided We Fall (mislabeled in the book) and Strategies of Distraction. There are lots of great pieces in this issue. I especially like work by Earl Chuvarsky and Candice Flewharty. You can purchase a copy of the book here.

About Click_Bait:

Dab Art is pleased to announce the first installment of our quarterly arts publication and online exclusive exhibition, CLICK_BAIT.

Contemporary journalism is currently being presented in unprecedented formats. The majority of the public receive their news stories from social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook. With terms like fake news, yellow journalism, and clickbait, it feels as though we live in a time where fact is dictated by “likes” and truths can be outweighed by opinion.

Left, right or libertarian, all news is seemingly bias based on the recipient’s personal algorithms rather than simply factual or pertinent. Are catered news sources changing art and artist perspectives? Or are todays artists more informed than ever before, creating works representative of voices more informed than ever? 

This exhibition explores various views on current political, geopolitical, and social issues from a selected group of contemporary artists.

Artists on Exhibit:

Alma Shoaf | Caitlin Vitalo | Candice Flewharty | Corey Willis | David Weed | Earl Chuvarsky | Eric Johnson | Eric Rauseo | Gary Aagaard | George McDonald | Holly Martz | James Berson | Jason Challas | Joe Castro | Justin Higgs | Kamal Al Mansour | Karen Florito | Kathy Taslitz | Lee Coburn | Laura Barth | Margaret White | Marie-Angie Ackad | Matthew Coté | Mitchel Hoffart | Molly Gambardella | Nela Steric | Pamela Vander Zwan | Pancho Jimenez | Peter Ivanoff | Rob Crossno | Sarey Ruben | Shelby Newman | Shelley Bird | Sisavanh Houghton | Stephen Barnwell | Steven Hampton | Tad Benson | Tara Cronin | Viktoria Romanova | Virgil Ortiz | Virgil Scott | Vivian Wan | Wanda Harding | Wayne Swanson | William Moriarty | Yasamin Boromand | Ytaelena Lopez

Nov
19

Post #1293 – Mighty Joe Castro collage book

Mighty Joe Castro retrospective collage book

It’s been a long time coming but I’m pleased to announce the released of a limited edition 10 year retrospective book featuring my collage work from 2007-2017. Entitled Everything We Love Is Slowly Becoming Fiction, it is  available for preorder and will ship  December 12th, if not sooner. I am only printing 150 and all will be hand numbered and signed. I can’t guarantee a second printing so once they’re gone, they’re gone.

This project has been a true labor of love and is both self published and self-financed so your support is sincerely appreciated.

About the book
Focusing on work created between 2007 and 2017, the book highlights over 120 original collages, album covers and silkscreen posters. It includes a collection of previously released artist interviews from those years, never before seen work in progress images, a new essay by Marta Staudinger (Latela Gallery), forward by Andy Jenkins (Girl Skateboards/Element/Bend Press), and a new conversational interview conducted by fellow collage artist Allan Bealy. Each book is hand numbered and hand signed by the artist.

124 pages / soft cover / 150 printed / hand numbered & signed.

Mighty Joe Castro retrospective book interior Mighty Joe Castro retrospective book interior

Oct
30

Post #1292 – music video for “Don’t Forget About Me”

Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen video shoot

Just in time for All Hallows Eve–my rockabilly band, Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen are proud to present our first music video.  It is for the track Don’t Forget About Me, which is the b-side to our new vinyl 45.  Directed by the talented Bob Sweeney.  It was shot on location at Hidden River Brewey and the historic Brinton Lodge in Douglasville, PA.  Featured cameos included Matones Music owner Adam Matone, the always enigmatic Cantaloupe Joe and the tattooed hands of Hidden River’s chiff brewmaster, Kevin Margitich. Enjoy!

And be sure to pick up a copy of the limited edition vinyl here.  Only 300 were made and they will sell out so don’t sleep on this one.

And be sure to take a moment and follow the band on Spotify.

And on a side note about collage, I’m in the final stages of a new book project.  Stay tuned …

Oct
18

Post #1291 – Wake Up, You’re Rockin! vinyl

Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen Wake Up Youre Rockin'! vinyl

The new Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen 7” vinyl singles are in! These won’t be officially released until October 26 but, for a limited time, they are available exclusively in the shop!

This is a limited edition pressing of 300 and each are hand numbered so grab one before they’re gone because they will sell out. Wake Up, You’re Rockin’! is on the A-side.  Don’t Forget About Me on the flip side.  $8 American. Click here to purchase.

Special thanks to Adam and Matones Music in Collegeville, PA for helping to finance the pressing. When I mentioned we were considering doing vinyl, without hesitation he immediately offered to donate some money for the cause. Support your local record store! Support your local scene! It’s a win-win for everyone.

And we’ll be celebrating the official release of the record at Oddity Bar on Fri Oct 26, as part of their annual Halloween party with The Erotics, Kitty Rotten and Night of The Living Dead NYC.  9pm start time.  21 and over.  $5 to get in.  Come get spooky.

And if you don’t already, please follow The Gravamen on Instagram, facebook and Spotify.  The band also has a brand new website – take a look around.

Oct
3

Post #1290 – Dimensions: A Collage Exhibit

Latela Gallery Dimensions collage exhibit Mighty Joe Castro

Washington DC – be sure to stop by Latela Gallery for  Dimensions, a group collage exhibit. Lots of great artists exhibiting.  Personally,  I’ll have two collages  in the show.The ppening reception is on Saturday October6 from 4-6pm. The show runs until October 27. For more information, click here.

About the exhibit:

(Washington DC) Latela Art Gallery is proud to host its third annual collage and mixed media group exhibition; a tradition to support the mixed media arts by drawing focus to the variability of media in creative expression.

Dimensions: A Collage Exhibition features artists who use different types of media to explore the idea of space in art. Each artist showcase their ability to create dynamic compositions that have distinctive styles and color palettes. The inclusion of an array of styles reflects the concept of collages themselves, for they include many kinds of mediums and source material.

This exhibition is curated by Genevieve Keillor, a senior Art History major at George Mason University and 2018 Curatorial Assistant Apprentice at Latela Art Gallery. Genevieve has enjoyed learning more about each artists’ unique creative process and states “I hope that visitors can gain an appreciation for the art of collage making and the talents of these artists.”

Featured artists: Violeta Barcenas, Annie Broderick, Mills Brown, Madison Bolls, Joe Castro, Jessica Dame, Kay Fuller, Alexander Goastièr, Rebecca Goodman, Anne Hanger, Deming Harriman, Tamora Illasat, Ashley Sauder Miller & Maryam Rassapour.

Sep
25

Post #1289 – The Dance

The Dance cut paper collage by Mighty Joe Castro

The Dance 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 21 inches wide by 12 inches tall (not including matte and frame) and was completed in September 2018.

Prints for this collage and other artwork are now available from the new Mighty Joe Castro etsy shop.   Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece should be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com.

And, as some of you may have heard, my latest musical project Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen recently released our debut 4 song EP – pick it up from our bandcamp page for $4 American. The record is also available on spotify, Amazon music, iTunes and more. 7 inch vinyl coming soon so stay tuned.

And, if you don’t already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter.