Jan
29

Shells (Post 1306)

Shells - paper collage by artist Mighty Joe Castro

Shells 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 12 inches wide by 17 inches tall (not including matte and frame). It was completed in January 2020.

Prints of Shells 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.

I apologize for the lack of updates on the site. Between creating artwork, playing shows with Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen and the time suck that is social media, I have neglected this website. To stay up to date and current, please follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter.

Please take a moment to also follow Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen on instagram, spotify and facebook. We are finishing recording our new album which will be released this summer. And we are booking new shows as well. Hope to see you on the road.

And I do have very limited copies of my retrospective collage book, Everything We Love Is Slowly Becoming Fiction, 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.

Nov
18

Postcards From Tomorrow Beer (post 1305)

“Postcards From Tomorrow” is another collaboration beer release from Hidden River Brewery in Douglassville, PA & Levante Brewing in West Chester, PA. The can features my collage Wish You Were Here on it. The beverage inside is a delicious Double Indie Pale Ale. Kevin from Hidden River told me this morning he feels this is the best beer they’ve ever done.

“Postcards From Tomorrow” will release Saturday Nov 16, 2019. If you are in the greater Philadelphia area, grab a four pack at either spot before they’re gone. Trust me, they won’t last long

This is the third can I’ve done with these two breweries. I am stoked and honored to be involved. Thank you for the support. Cheers guys!

And I apologize for the lack of updates on the site. It has been a busy summer / fall. Lots of art shows and lots of music shows with Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen. Stay up to date and follow me on instagram and facebook.

Postcards from Tomorrow can with original "Wish You Were Here" collage by Mighty Joe Castro
"Wish You Were Here" collage art by Mighty Joe Castro
Three beer cans with collage artwork from Mighty Joe Castro
Aug
9

Dorks with Forks (Post 1304)

Dorks with Forks podcast with Mighty Joe Castro

Hello friends (and dorks). I apologize for the delay in posts lately but, between making art and performing with Mighty Joe Castro and The Gravamen, life has been moving full steam ahead.

I was honored though to be a guest on Season 3 of the Dorks and Forks podcast. We talked collage art and my new collage book. We also discussed The Gravamen as well as some of my past bands. And along the line we also drank some shots and ate a delicious meal cooked by the amazing chef Joshua Santiago. It was a great time. Thanks again to Brian Wild and Dan Sanchez for having me.

They even spun some tunes from The Situation, Nero/OPF, The Lift Up and Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen.

I also performed a live version of Wake Up You’re Rockin’. Click below to watch the performance.

Enjoy.

Dorks with Forks

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. We’ve got a ton of really cool shows coming so be on the lookout. I’m also in the process of writing new songs for our debut full length record so stay tuned.

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.