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 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.
Like a cloud, split open is a piece of cut paper collage art using images taken from vintage magazines and other ephemera that are hand cut with an xacto knife and then dry adhered to paper using a gel medium. The original is roughly 20 inches wide by 17.5 inches high and was completed February 2014.
“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.
Shackles is a piece of cut paper collage art using images taken from vintage magazines and other ephemera that are hand cut with an xacto knife and then dry adhered to paper using a gel medium. The original is roughly 21 inches wide by 16 inches high and was completed January 2014.
Fans of the Delaware music scene – 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 World 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 Bones in the Caves is a piece of cut paper collage art using images taken from vintage magazines and other ephemera that are hand cut with an xacto knife and then dry adhered to paper using a gel medium. The original is roughly 18 inches wide by 15 inches high and was completed January 2014.
Straight from Brazil, the latest issue of the indie collage zine Collart just dropped and it’s damn impressive. Lots of incredible work in there with a wide range of original styles. I’m very honored to have my collage artwork included along side Musta Fior, Kin Jim, Javier Serna, Remi Faure, Paz Brarda, Magda Dudziak, Alice Slo, Hara Kiki, Spencer Selby, George Boya and more. Great job Thiago Mazuka, Cory Peeke, Zach Collins and everyone else involved. Check out the entire issue below:
From the site:
“I enjoy the challenge of limitation–fixed sizes, shapes and colors–of having to figure out how to take a specific collection of images and bring them together into a form that then takes on a life of it’s own. Mentally, moving the pieces of paper around is like playing a never ending game of chess with yourself that only ends when your opponent stops breathing.
I explore many themes, including modern life, the discarded past, devolution and the trappings of a society that’s becoming less and less humanistic, a culture that is obsessed with new technology and driven to consume at all costs. I take a great deal of inspiration from vintage movie posters–I like the idea of expressing an entire story through one collection of images.” – Joe Castro
Thank you to Jason Jose and all the people behind the Faith is Torment art website for featuring a few of my collages on their excellent art and graphic design blog, faithistorment.com. Click here to check out the post. His site is full of inspiring pieces of artwork, in many different styles, so definitely spend some time lurking through the back pages.
For Everything Unwritten is a piece of cut paper collage art using images taken from vintage magazines and other ephemera that are hand cut with an xacto knife and then dry adhered to paper using a gel medium. The original is roughly 23 inches wide by 18 inches high and was completed November 2013.