Apr
30

What’s Really Good podcast (post #1303)

What's Really Good with Nathan Allebach podcast

I recently did a lengthy interview with Nathan Allebach for his podcast, What’s Really Good. We talked about my collage art and my recent retrospective book. We talked about Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen and some of my past music projects. And we also covered some personal philosophy, state of the world, social media, politics and more.

So, if you ever wanted a glimpse into what makes me tick, here you go. Please give it a listen. And please follow What’s Really Good with Nathan Allebach on whatever podcast platform you prefer.

From Nathan Allebach: Mighty Joe Castro is a collage artist, painter, designer, and musician who plays in Mighty Joe Castro And The Gravamen. In our conversation we talked about growing up in local music scenes, how he got into art, current social views surrounding art, how politics and culture weave into it, and just general banter on life. Enjoy!

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.

Apr
10

“The Coming Tide” beer can (post #1302)

The Coming Tide beer can with art by Mighty Joe Castro

I am proud to present “The Coming Tide” – a very special collaboration beer release from Hidden River Brewery (Douglasville, PA) and Levante Brewing (West Chester, PA). It features my collage of the same name on the can. It’s a delicious oat milk DIPA. If your in the Philadelphia area, grab a four pack before they’re gone.

This is the second can release I’ve done with these two breweries. I am stoked and honored to be involved. Thanks for including me. Cheers guys!

And if you are lucky enough to live in the state of Pennsylvania (USA), you can now have the beer shipped directly to your door.

About the beer: The Coming Tide – We first saw Oat Milk popping up in coffee shops throughout Brooklyn. In order to replicate this unique creamy sweetness, we loaded up this batch with an immense amount of three distinct types of oats – flaked, golden naked, and straight up oat malt. To amplify the sweetness, we added a spoonful of local wildflower honey, as well as, milk sugar. Tidal waves of hoppiness shine through courtesy of Mosaic, El Dorado, Amarillo, and Centennial used throughout the kettle and dry-hopping stage. Stellar artwork on the can by Joe Castro. $20/ 4pk

Prints of “The Coming Tide” collage are available for purchase here on my etsy shop. They are available in two sizes: 12 x 18 inches and 18 x 24 inches. Signed by the artist.

Apr
2

Cut and Paste at Rochester Contemporary Art (Post #1301)

Cut and Paste collage show at Rochester Contemporary Art Center

My collage, Metamorphosis, will be included in Cut and Paste, a collage art group show at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center. The show opens on Friday April 5 and runs until May 10th. Lots of great artists are included in this show. Make a point to drop in and check it out if you are in the area.

metamorphosis collage Joe Castro

About Cut & Paste:

Exhibiting Artists Include:
Bonnie Barber, Lou Beach, Lydia Boddie-Rice, Tyler Bohm, Michaela Borg, Heather Brand, Phil Carney, Erin Case, Joe Castro, Carl Chiarenza, Rebecca Clouatre, Andrea Coates, Eugenia Conde, Bob Conge, Paulette Davis, Cheryl Dawdy, Richard Della Costa, Paul Dodd, Lynn Duggan, Jeremy Dziedzic, Allie Ellis, Brenda Erickson, Kathleen Farrell, Kurt Feuerherm, Judy Feuerherm, Karen Frutiger, Lois Gruberger, Richard Harvey, Alicia Herbst, DaShon Hill, Nate Hodge, Bill Judkins, Amanda Kline, Morgan Lappin, Alejandro Lorenzo, Susan Mandl, Ravi Mangla, Judy Marshall, Joseph Mayernik, Lacey McKinney, Gerald Mead, Peter Monacelli, Patrick Moskwa, Lori Mulligan, Cory Peeke, Vincent Pidone, Sam Posso, Nicole Reddington, Leslie Rottner, Elizabeth Sibley, Clint Simmons, Jason Smith, Steven Specht, Nathan Stromberg, Werner Sun, Jeff Suszczynski, D Dargan Teska, Michele Vair, Anita Welych, Silvia Wladimirski.

Works from artist collectives, The Rochester Collage & Diorama League and The Kut-Uups, will be featured as well. The Rochester Collage & Diorama League artists include Nancy Bernardo, Kurt Ketchum, Adam Maida, Laurie O’Brien, and Elizabeth Sawyer. The Kut-Uups artists include Johnny Brewton, Giselle Brewton, Mark Faigenbaum, E. Francis Kohler, Dan Melchior, Jeanne Storck, and Chris Veltri.

The exhibition includes a new text about collage entitled Reclaiming Cut and Paste Brooklyn-based artist, curator and writer Etty Yaniv.

Mar
13

Toombes feature (Post #1300)

Toombes feature on Mighty Joe Castro book

Thank you to Niko Vartiainen for posting this nice little feature about my 10 year retrospective collage art book on his excellent art site, Toombes! I did an interview with Niko previously for his Cults of Life zine in 2016. That original interview was included in the book as well.

From the review:

“It was so cool to have this book for the review because Joe was one the first artist I featured on Toombes in 2016 and I’ve also interviewed him for Cults Of Life #6. The book is a beautifully edited entity with so much to marvel. So do yourself a favor and get this book on your shelf!”

Limited copies of my book, Everything We Love Is Slowly Becoming Fiction, are still available. 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.

Mar
13

Nothing Feels Beautiful Anymore (Post #1299)

Nothing Feels Beautiful Anymore cut paper collage by Mighty Joe Castro

Nothing Feels Beautiful Anymore is a piece of cut paper collage art using images found in vintage magazines and other ephemera. They are then dry adhered to paper with a gel medium.  The original image is roughly 11 inches wide by 14 inches tall (not including matte and frame). It was completed in March 2019.

This specific piece was created for a gig poster for Philadelphia musician Madalean Gauze. She is releasing her latest LP, Nothing Feels Beautiful Anymore (which I also designed the cover for) this March. In addition, the record release party will take place at Boot and Saddle in Philly on April 20th. This is the third poster I’ve done for her and my favorite. Limited edition prints will be for sale at the show.

Nothing Feels Beautiful Anymore Madalean Gauze poster by Mighty Joe Castro

If you are unfamiliar with her music, definitely check her out. Her stuff is amazing. I can’t wait to get the new LP on vinyl!

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
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