Collage by Joe Castro
Artworks inspired by vintage movie posters and exploring a wide variety of subject matter but mainly issues of consumerism and modern life.
My collage work is primarily graphic in nature and often as much about the form that is created as the content. The images are hand cut with an exacto knife and pasted down with a matte medium gel. 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.