HONORING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr IN NEW VIRTUAL ART EXHIBIT & ONLINE EVENT SERIES


    New York, NY – January 8, 2021 -- The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center and Teatro LATEA have joined in collaboration with NYU and Univision,to commemorate Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. with eMeLe-K's “Social Reckoning” exhibit. Part of a week-long multidisciplinary virtual festival of streamed events, curators Anderson Pilgrim and Alexis Mendoza, have assembled a group show observing the impact and influence that Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement had in reshaping the history and cultural heritage of the Americas and the world.  

 

WHAT: Art Talk with Miguel Trelles and exhibit curators, Alexis Mendoza, and Anderson Pilgrim WHEN:   Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 – 7:00 PM EST

WHERE:   Teatro LATEA Word @

https://teatrolatea.org/

https://www.facebook.com/teatro.latea    

 

"Now more than ever we have to unite as artists, as intellectuals, as humans. Our common purpose should be focused on making our society better for all. The "Social Reckoning" exhibit aims to bring attention to the importance and necessity of basic human rights. We welcome the opportunity of presenting art and the artists’ approach to promote Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of equality and justice for all, through nonviolence. The exhibition provides a common forum where people have the opportunity to learn and share ideas and experiences with one another.”                                            --Alexis Mendoza, Artist, Writer & Independent Curator  

 

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT:   Dr. King’s dream, mission and legacy are celebrated through the creative expression of over 22 artists from NY, Latin America and abroad, with works in painting, sculpture, objects, video, drawing, printmaking. The show honors Dr. King’s life and legacy celebrates Afro America’s vast cultural heritage, but also addresses the present social unrest in America and tackles topics like human rights, immigration, and discrimination.     

 

Streamed events will take place from January 14th to January 19, 2020
For viewing info and other streamed events: https://teatrolatea.org/  

 

-Abrazo Interno Gallery: 

Carla Armour, Diogenes Ballester, Tanda Francis, Michael Kelly Williams, Ademola Olugebefola, and TAFA  

 

-Nelson Tamayo Gallery at Teatro LATEA: 

Nelson Álvarez, Ed Andrade, Diego Anaya Pablo Caviedes, Wildriana de Jesús Paulino, Franck de las Mercedes, Darwin Erazo, Alex “Fdez” Fernández, Julia Justo, Rafaela Luna, Yani Monzón, Naivy Pérez, Moses Ros, and José Luis Tejeda  

 

HI RES IMAGES OF SELECTED WORKS: CLICK HERE

 

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This year the project will be further enriched by special Univision initiative "Comienza en Casa" campaign. On the 52nd anniversary of his death, the spirit, the commitment, and the dynamism of Martin Luther King Jr. are needed more than ever. Inspired cultural experiences can demonstrate to diverse communities how we are all more similar than not. In that spirit, we present “Social Reckoning” for eMeLe-K @ Teatro LATEA, a visual arts exhibition taking place at Nelson Tamayo Gallery (LATEA) and the Abrazo Interno Gallery of the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center at 107 Suffolk Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.





HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

2020 was a tumultuous year to say the least, that for me brought lessons in understanding, autonomy as an artist, the fragility of life and taking responsibility for the world we’re living in. It was also a year of creative, artistic, and spiritual growth. May a spirit of understanding continue to shine upon us and bring us much needed joy. Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed 2021. Hope the New Year fill all our lives with love, good health, happiness, kindness, and prosperity. As always, thank you for your continued support! *** El 2020 fue un año tumultuoso, que para mí trajo lecciones de comprensión, autonomía como artista, la fragilidad de la vida y asumir responsabilidad por el mundo en el que vivimos. También fue un año de crecimiento creativo, artístico y espiritual. Que el espíritu de comprensión siga brillando sobre nosotros y nos traiga el gozo tan necesario hoy en día. Les deseo a ti y a tus seres queridos un 2021 lleno de bendiciones. Espero que el Año Nuevo llene todas nuestras vidas de amor, buena salud, felicidad, bondad y prosperidad.  Como siempre, gracias por su apoyo continuo!
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BLACKSTARCT EXPRESSIONISM
I go where the search takes me. This is an inward search into the depths of my inner shadow, memory, and emotional variant. I’m not concerned with style, originality, or perfection. I want to release my findings and revelation into the substrate. I want to create a body of work that reflects my own unsorted psyche. If my NeoCodexseries communicates thoughts, colors and figure, this series I’ve been working on, “Blackstract Expressionism” should address the primal, unconscious, and abstract part of the inner journey. It’s in black and white because I’m utilizing lost abstract works that burned in the fire as a starting point. They come from the ashes. I also aim to capture the dark imagery seen when I first close my eyes to meditate. The series is challenging myself to pushing the tones of grayscale to create depth and even perspective through monochromatic abstraction. d1bbec_2bece22f0c2f47268442d34e561e261e~mv2.webp     @ THE SHOP
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20 International Contemporary Artists Join Forces to Beautify Highbridge Park's Fort George Hill Trails in Upper Manhattan A fence displaying over 20 massive, 7x9 feet original paintings is currently on Public Viewing at Fort George Hill, just steps from the Dyckman train station.  Titled "For the Love of Art: An Appropriated Intentions Exhibition” The collective appropriated a public space where works hang on a vacant fence after being painted on repurposed advertising banners. 20 Artists joined to contribute the community of Upper Manhattan with a public outdoor gallery space, giving the public the opportunity to enjoy art up close and personal, while keeping social distance. 

 

WHAT:For the Love of Art: An Appropriated Intentions Exhibition 

 

WHEN:Now Open to The Public 

 

WHERE: Fort George HillDyckman Street Train Station 1 Line(Turn right and go uphill upon exiting the station) 

 

ARTISTS: Nelson Álvarez, Diego Anaya, Ed Andrade, Pablo Caviedes, Franck de las MercedesWildriana del Jesús Paulino, Darwin Erazo, Alex “Fdez” Fernández, Julia JustoCarlos Jesús Martínez Domínguez-FEEGZ, Ricardo Llano, Rafaela Luna, Paola MartínezAlexis Mendoza, Yani Monzón, Naivy Pérez, Yumarlis Rodríguez, Moses Ros,Luis Stephenberg, José Luis Tejeda 

 

Video

Slide Show https://1drv.ms/v/s!AtTT_1i9o6gTjJY2ffbLgTxdxGo3tw?e=w7TKsc 

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The Enlightened by Franck de las Mercedes
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NeoCodex: Poetry, Art and Power. 

This is the direction I plan to take for 2021. I’ve been compiling images of art I lost in the fire and digitally collaging them with new imagery, original verses, and Nicaraguan memoir and history. I then delete the digital image as a releasing ritual and begin to paint the large (blueprint paper) digital sketch. The new series titled "NeoCodex" explores loss, displacement, personal history, and family dynamics at a specific moment in time and after it's interrupted. Also incorporating my exploration of shadow work with the intangible takeaways from the past, these works become a form of neo-codex. Some works will contain humor, which I think is an important part of healing. zfmq_20201114093147.jpg

 

The Enlightened
This is the massive, 7x9 feet painting I created for Public Viewing in the "For the Love of Art: An Appropriated Intentions" Exhibition @ Fort George Hill (1 Train Dyckman Station) NYC. The collective appropriates a public space where works hang on a vacant fence after being painted on repurposed advertising banners. 20 Artists joined to contribute the community of Upper Manhattan with a public outdoor gallery space, giving the public the opportunity to enjoy art up close and personal, while keeping social distance. Enjoy! zfmq_20201124112124.jpgzfmq_20201129093121.jpg 

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APPROPRIATED INTENTIONS
RECEPTION: Saturday, Aug.29 / 6PM
Inwood Hill Park  - New York, NY 10034

Participating ARTISTS:
- Nelson Álvarez

-Pablo Caviedes

- Darwin Erazo

- Alex “Fdez” Fernández

- Julia Justo

- Ricardo Llanos

-Alexis Mendoza

-Franck de las Mercedes

-Naivy Pérez

- Amy Ponce

-Yali Romagoza

-Moses Ros

- Daniel Sánchez

- Luis Stephenberg

- Ed Vasquez

- Ching Wen Tsai

*Especial urban intervention #CAJAARTE,

organized by the New York Latin American Art Triennial.

 

CURATORIAL STATEMENT:

The exhibition is focusing on the appropriation of a public space, occupied the empty walls of vacant space. The artists must create for a site-specific exhibition, freely express ideas, and present their creations to the public. More importantly the intention of this project is to create awareness of the appropriation of this land by the colonial investors and the displacement of the original natives habitants of this area, this park, these tunnels. By organizing this exhibition, we as artists are symbolically recognizing that this land it’s not our. The artworks presented are exploring the current issues in our society, but also expressed the ephemeral character that the artworks proposed. It’s like artists are sacrificing their works, they are becoming offering to the land. The exhibition includes perishable and temporary art, artworks that are going to be taken by nature or consume by the passage of time. The exhibition also expressed the idea that each artist is contributing to collective discourse instead of an individual point of view.

 

History tells us that in May of 1626, Dutch West India Company representatives Peter Minuit met with local Lenape Native Americans to purchase the rights to the island of Manhattan for the value of 60 guilders. We don’t know who signed the deal with Minuit, but it could have been the Canarsees, who didn’t have much of a footprint in Manhattan, rather than the Weckquaesgeeks, who lived north of the Dutch on the island. The exact value of 60 guilders in modern dollars is irrelevant – the transaction itself involved a useful but not particularly pricey set of European tools.

 

“Appropriated Intentions”, calls for open dialogue, a discussion about the roll of art in history. The tunnels present themselves as empty arch walls and brute flooring dominating exterior balance of the space. Admittedly, it would have been easy – and somewhat unscientific – to present an exhibition on the appropriation of space as a hodgepodge of squatting and hippie camp sites. Instead, the organizers of the project invited the creative minds of local artists and adopted the work-with-what-you-can-find attitude of squatters, but applied it in a slightly different way to the space, presenting painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, installation and video in the conventional setting but in a space that it’s not designed to hold an art exhibition.

 










 

 

 


Exposición Virtual:

La Noche Larga de Museos de La Paz, Bolivia Presenta
  Estamos Aquí Sin Dejar de Estar Allá

El Reconocido Pintor Nicaragüense Franck de las Mercedes Presenta Nueva Obra En Nueva Exposición Virtual

 Mayo, 2020 -- La Noche Larga de Museos de La Paz, Bolivia - El gobierno municipal de La Paz, DCH Fine Arts en conjunción con la Trienal de Arte Latinoamericano de Nueva York realizan una exhibición virtual para la XIV Noche Larga de Museos. Titulada “Estamos Aquí Sin Dejar de Estar Allá” el evento hace referencia al concepto del espacio que ha cambiado las percepciones de la humanidad en las últimas semanas en la era del Covid-19.  Sus curadores, Dante Chumacero y Ezequiel Taveras se dieron a la tarea de seleccionar artistas internacionales a presentar obras, tours virtuales desde sus talleres, al igual que charlas con el publico.   “Estamos lejos y distanciados, pero acercándonos todos más que nunca. La modalidad virtual permitirá a nuestro evento mostrarnos desde todas partes en tiempo real, esperandoalcanzar a un público diverso de todas las edades que pueda descubrir el trabajo de nuestrostalentosos artistas.” Dice el curador Dante Chumacero  

 

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El internacionalmente reconocido artista plástico Franck de las Mercedes estará presentando un tour virtual de su nueva serie de pinturas “Espacio Negativo” desde Nueva York el viernes 22 de mayo de 10:10 a 11:20 pm EST. La transmisión del evento se realizará a través de a siguiente página de Facebook:

 

https://www.facebook.com/DCHFineArts  

 

En esta exposición, el artista neoyorquino de origen nicaragüense  Franck de las Mercedes, estrena una nueva serie que explora el contraste entre la historia, la vida cotidiana antes del Coronavirus, y el contexto cultural actual que lo llevaron a crear escenas inquietantemente obras en un panorama urbano.  Reconocido internacionalmente por su multifacética y prolífica trayectoria y proyectos de arte público, su obra captura un vibrante uso del color el cual aborda el sufrimiento de los demás ycelebra la resiliencia del espíritu humano.    XIV Noche Larga de Museos se lleva acabo del 18 al 23 de mayo del presente de 18:00 a 00:00. Esta versión será íntegramente virtual debido a la llegada del Covid-19.


BRONX STUDIES
New paintings by
Franck de las Mercedes
October 2nd to October 31st, 2019

Opening Reception: October 3rd, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
240 E 153rd St, The Bronx, NY 10451

New York -- BxArts Factory is pleased to invite you to the opening reception of Bronx Studies, new paintings by our artist-in-residence Franck de las Mercedes. The exhibition is comprised of 15 works of art and is the result of weeks of examining the Bronx as subject-matter. From the street corner, to a garden and a simple fence, the rich cultural diversity of the borough is reflected in each canvas.

De las Mercedes finds influence from looking at how life behaves around him, with broken street signs, graffiti murals and street art often informing his use of color - sometimes complex and vibrant, sometimes limited to two or three pigments. It’s a visual constellation, a strict adherence to observable fact that suggests De las Mercedes falls outside the boundaries of the rules of art, yet his brushwork and technique embody the most advanced aspects of contemporary painting.

Franck de las Mercedes (FdlM) (born 1972 in Masaya, Nicaragua), is an artist who lives and works in New York City. Franck's experience as a child in war-torn Nicaragua, the visual clash of New York's graffiti and an interest in the abstract expressionism movement played a major role in his evolution as a visual artist. With a self-obtained education, straight from the aisles of the Mid-Manhattan Public Library, Franck de las Mercedes has emerged as one of the country's most prolific artists in recent years. Incorporating elements of photography, drawings, journal pages and text art, Franck creates frenetic paintings with energetic abstractions bursting with color. FdlM draws inspiration from his New York backdrop and the effect that time and the elements have on urban surfaces. Referencing past experiences, trauma and family relationships in real life and literature, he creates psychologically-charged imagery.
BxArts Factory is a grassroots, 501c3, non-profit organization that connects Bronx-based artist and community, in experiences, events and opportunities for connection, community development and healing. We assist affiliated artists to engage and advance the Arts in communities throughout the borough via a diverse set of arts-oriented programming and services. Through collaborations with local artists and community-based organizations, we offer dynamic arts programming that incorporates education and showcase a variety of art genres. The BxArts Factory provides unique and engaging experiences to advance the Arts and cultural education in the Bronx.


This week marks an unprecedented achievement for me that I did not plan nor expect to happen: I will have paintings simultaneously on display at three New York exhibits. I am grateful and humbled and hope you can catch one of the shows.  

 

Studio 13 Gallery at BxArts Factory Presents

BRONX STUDIES
zfmq_FranckDeLasMercedesPostcard1.jpg   New paintings by Franck de las Mercedes October 2nd to October 31st, 2019   Opening Reception: October 3rd, 2019 Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM 240 E 153rd St, The Bronx, NY 10451   BxArts Factory is pleased to invite you to the opening reception of Bronx Studies, new paintings by our artist-in-residence Franck de las Mercedes. The exhibition is comprised of 15 works of art and is the result of weeks of examining the Bronx as subject-matter. From the street corner, to a garden and a simple fence, the rich cultural diversity of the borough is reflected in each canvas.      "De las Mercedes finds influence from looking at how life behaves around him, with broken street signs, graffiti murals and street art often informing his use of color - sometimes complex and vibrant, sometimes limited to two or three pigments. It’s a visual constellation, a strict adherence to observable fact that suggests De las Mercedes falls outside the boundaries of the rules of art, yet his brushwork and technique embody the most advanced aspects of contemporary painting." Alexis Mendoza, Curator    

 

“Progressive Transition”

The New York Latin American Art Triennial 2019
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Participating Artists: Franck de las Mercedes, Naivy Pérez, Francheska Alcantara, Diogenes Ballester, Humberto Figueroa, Blanka Amezkua, Marcos Dimas, Gustavo Alfredo Larsen, Juan Manuel EspinozaYsla, Rafael Rodriguez, Rene Maynez and Diego Anaya   September –November 5th 2019 Queens College Art Center
Rosenthal Library Clock Tower, 6th Floor
65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing.      

 

Color Speaks Truth

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September  - December 8th, 2019 One Rriver Larchmont
2081 Boston Post Road
Larchmont, NY 10538
914-893-6111
Larchmont@oneriverschool.com
The show is curated by Art Historian and Museum Consultant, Carol Ward.
The exhibition will be open to the public from September to December 8th, 2019.   "De Las Mercedes’ work showcases a joyful energy through movement and color that pulls the viewer into the compositions. Once there, the viewer encounters explorations of various ideas of culture, political commentary and truth. This exhibition continues One River's goal to showcase New York artists with a strong voice who our students and community can learn from and engage with both on the visual level and to enhance their own art making journeys."
--Carol Ward, Art Historian, Museum Consultant and Curator
   
   

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