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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Below is a list of all the artists featured:
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
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
Sarah Carman, Joe Castro, Yael Eban, Alex Gelatt, Michael Harford, Jed Helmers, Miho Hiranouchi, Gemma Lopez, Molly Rapp, Roy Rochlin, Christian Wilbur , Sanghyuk Yoon
Vicki Catapano, Zach Collins, Melissa Gore, Luftwerk Michelle Mclaughlin, Unhee Park, James Reddington, Bethany Robertson, Alicia Savage Sahara Shrestha, Patricia Voulgaris, Audra Wolowiec
Margaret Graham, Daniel Johnson, Clare Tascio, Charles Theonia, Alexandra Winters
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.
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.
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.
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.
And yes, the title is taken from the classic Patsy Cline song Walking After Midnight.