Nov
6

Post #1133 – National Collage Society 29th Juried Exhibition

National Collage Society Joe Castro

Very excited and honored to learn that both of my collages we selected for inclusion in the National Collage Society’s 29th Annual Juried Exhibition.  This year, there were 426 entries from six different countries (United States, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Canada and France) and 90 were selected.  My two pieces in the show are Congratulations, You Caught the Bouquet and Tornado Alley, the latter was  one of 8 collages that won an award. Thank you to the National Collage Society and the other artists involved.

Click here to view the entire exhibit online.

Catalogs of the exhibit can be purchased here.

About this year’s show:
The jury consisted of the following artists and art professionals:
Alexander Aitkin: Full-time Lecturer of Art, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Mindy Tousle: Professional Collage Fine Artist, Cleveland, Ohio
Arnold Tunstall: Collections Manager and Curator, Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio

The awards were chosen by:
Martin Ball: Professor, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

"congratulations, you caught the bouquet...."

“congratulations, you caught the bouquet….”

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Oct
26

Post #1132 – The Lift Up at the Queen

The Lift Up Joe Castro Queen

To help celebrate the recent release of my band The Lift Up‘s debut album, Without Dreams, We Are Only Sleeping, we’ll be playing a very special show back home in Delaware, Saturday November 2 at the World Cafe Live at the Queen. The lineup also includes The Cocks, Fiancé and a very special solo set by former Atlas frontman, Ryan Conaty.  This one’s been a long time coming so I sincerely hope you can make it out and help us celebrate.  Doors are at 7pm, the show starts at 8pm and $8 gets you in the door.   This show is presented by Tric Town.

You can purchase advance tickets here. Get yours early or risk being left at the door.

And feel free to RSVP via facebook as well.

The lineup/schedule:

Ryan Conaty: 8:00 – 8:30 pm
Financé: 8:45 – 9:30 pm
The Lift Up: 9:50 – 10:50 pm
The Cocks: 11:10 pm – 12:10 am

And speaking of the band, Larry, John Paul and I were recently guests on Nick P’s very cool Tales From the Outlaw Shack podcast, telling a few choice stories about life in a band.  Nick was in the van with the band more than most so he knows the score.  Click here to listen

And if you haven’t gotten the album yet and you’re not afraid to part with a measly $7.99, you can get it here from iTunes.  If you’re like me, and want something you can hold in your hands (or you dig the album cover), you can get a copy on CD from our store.

Follow The Lift Up on TwitterLike us on Facebook.  Visit us at theliftup.com

Oct
21

Post #1131 – Artist Catalogue 2013 Complete Volume Book

Artist Catalogue 2013 Joe Castro

The folks behind the Artist Catalogue are releasing a limited edition perfect bound book featuring all four issues published this past year, including Fall 2013 which featured my collage work as well as an interview.  The book is $34.95 plus $5.95 shipping and are only available for order until October 21,2013 so don’t sleep on this one.

You can order the book here.

Below is a list of all the artists featured:

SPRING ARTISTS

Dalia Amara, Heidi Bacon, Yoav Friedlander, Jung ah Kim, Rehan Miskci, Magdalena Niziol, Autumn Partington, Jen Ravsten, Denise Weaver Ross, Lorraine Thomson, Joanna Whiting, Chizuco Sophia Yw

SUMMER ARTISTS

Arnor Bieltvedt, Ariel Bobson, Sally A. Bozzuto, Troy Colby, Amy Davis, Dulphe Pinheiro Machado, Jasmine Mansbridge, Linda Shoults, Steven Specht, Joe St.Pierre , Sinan Tuncay, Margaret Withers

FALL ARTISTS

Sarah Carman, Joe Castro, Yael Eban, Alex Gelatt, Michael Harford, Jed Helmers, Miho Hiranouchi, Gemma Lopez, Molly Rapp, Roy Rochlin, Christian Wilbur , Sanghyuk Yoon

WINTER ARTISTS

Vicki Catapano, Zach Collins, Melissa Gore, Luftwerk Michelle Mclaughlin, Unhee Park, James Reddington, Bethany Robertson, Alicia Savage Sahara Shrestha, Patricia Voulgaris, Audra Wolowiec

CREATIVE WRITERS

Margaret Graham, Daniel Johnson, Clare Tascio, Charles Theonia, Alexandra Winters

 

Oct
18

Post #1130 – Constant Illuminations

Constant Illuminations 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 14 inches wide by 14 inches high and was completed October 2013.

Prints and other products are now available from saatchionline and society6. Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece should be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com.

And, if you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter. Thank you for your support!

Oct
18

Post #1129 – Wisconsin Avenue

Wisconsin Avenue 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 14 inches wide by 20 inches high and was completed OcCtober 2013.

Prints and other products are now available via saatchionline and society6. Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece should be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com.

And, if you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter. Thank you for your support!

Oct
3

Post #1128 – Living Stains

Living Stains 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 15 inches wide by 20 inches high and was completed October 2013.

Prints and other products are now available via saatchionline and society6. Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece should be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com.

And, if you have not done so already, please take a moment to follow Might Joe Castro on instagram and twitter. Thank you for your support!

 

Sep
27

Post #1127 – Night Winds Whisper to Me

Night Winds Whisper to Me portrait painting Joe Castro

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any portrait painting on the site and I’ve had many people asking or assuming that I’ve given up painting for collage, which is not the case.  I’ve actually been doing quite a bit of painting over the past year, but have scrapped a good deal of it because I wasn’t happy with where it was going.

So, here’s the first painting I’ve done in a while that I’ve been satisfied with – it’s entitled Night Winds Whisper To Me.  It’s oil on canvas.  18″ x 18″.  September 2013.

To purchase the painting, visit saatchionline.  To purchase prints, visit society6.

And yes, the title is taken from the classic Patsy Cline song Walking After Midnight.

Sep
10

Post #1126 – Without Dreams….

The Lift Up Without Dreams Khyber Philly

Well, today’s the day – The Lift Up’s debut album, Without Dreams, We Are Only Sleeping, is now available digitally worldwide via mondotunes.  Co-produced by the band and Grammy-nominated producer, Jim Salamone at Cambridge Sound Studios, the songs I’ve written on Without Dreams…alternate between aggressive, modern rock garage stompers and quiet moments of equally intense sonic reflection, all the while remaining short and to the point. Lyrically, the songs deal with the pressures of adult life, of trying to survive under the constant weight of one’s past. Nine quality tunes in 32 minutes.

And to celebrate, we’re playing a very special early show tonight at the Khyber Pass Pub in Philadelphia with Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra (with former Situation alumni Jared Styles on bass) and Heyword Hawkins.  The show starts at 8:30pm and we hit the stage at 9pm sharp.  Five dollars gets you in the door.  Come on, you know there’s nothing else keeping you in on a Tuesday night so brush the rust off and help us kick things off something proper. I hope to see you there.

In the meantime, please give the record a listen, which you can stream in it’s entirety on bandcamp, spotify and Rdio.  And if you like it, please pick up a copy on iTunes, Amazon or bigcartel because we’d really love to make enough money record another one.  And if you love it, please spread the word. We put a lot of time, sweat, love and money into this album – I sincerely hope you give it a chance.

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Sep
3

Post #1125 – The Age of Collage

Age of Collage book Joe Castro

I was very excited to come home from much needed vacation to find my copy of The Age of Collage: Contemporary Collage in Modern Art collage book waiting for me at the door. The entire book looks amazing and I am beyond stoked to be included with so many great artists. Seriously. Many thanks to Dennis Busch and the folks at Gestalten for all your hard work. Well done.

The book is now available in finer independent book stores everywhere, as well as Amazon, Barnes and Noble and straight from Gestalten.

About the collage book:
Spontaneous, irreverent, personal. Collage fits more perfectly into our current age than almost any other artistic technique. The technique of collage fits perfectly into our current age. Raw visual material is collected by an artist and then combined in such a way as to abstract the individual elements enough that the artist’s own vision becomes prominent. Because collage’s references range from other artistic works and techniques to scientific images, pop culture, and erotica, these raw materials reflect humanity’s collective visual memory and context. It’s collage’s broad scope—and irreverence—that make this technique so interesting for both artist and audience. So it comes as no surprise that a lively scene has developed around contemporary collage in the last few years. Our book cutting edges was the first to document work by this scene, which has continued to expand the possibilities of the genre. Beyond the lowbrow movement, which brings a fresh perspective to figurative surrealism, more and more established artists are now embracing this medium. Their work bridges the historical gap between the classic pioneers of the technique from the 1920s and today’s vanguard of contemporary collage. Showcasing outstanding current artwork and artists, The Age of collage is a striking documentation of this new appetite for destructive construction. The book also takes an insightful behind-the-scenes look at those working with this interdisciplinary and cross-media approach. While illustration, painting, and photography continue to fundamentally influence collage, the featured work also plays with elements of abstraction, constructivism, surrealism, and dada. Collage gives artists more room to stake out diverse artistic positions than almost any other existing technique. Through confident cuts, brushstrokes, mouse clicks, or pasting, collage gives the impossible a tangible form—while turning our worldview on its head along the way. In their visual confrontation with reality in our digital age, which has already made geographic, temporal, and artistic boundaries obsolete, these artists celebrate and exaggerate simultaneousness.
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Aug
14

Post #1124 – Big Game

Big Game collage Joe Castro

Big Game 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 15 inches wide by 18 inches high and was completed in August 2013.

Prints and other products are now  available at saatchionline and society6. The original collage is no longer available for purchase.

And, if you have not done so already,  please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter. Thank you for the support!