EDGE HOTEL Presents: THE PEACE WALL POP-UP EXHIBIT
(ONE NIGHT ONLY) zfmq_201911231.png
A Solo Pop-Up Show of Original Works and The First Ever Peace Boxes Installation by Franck de las Mercedes.
Edge Hotel
Friday, December 13
5:00 - 9:00 PM
514 W 168th St, New York, NY 10032

RSVP
Come celebrate in the neighborhood where the artist lives and works. 100 Peace Boxes have been painted for this NYC event to promote and gift peace during the holiday season. Located just steps from Columbia University Medical Center and Washington Heights’ array of cultural and educational institutions, the sleek Edge Hotel introduces fresh style to one of New York City’s most historic neighborhoods, Washington Heights. Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood is a tight-knit, culturally vibrant community filled with Columbia University medical students, young professionals and families. We are proud to be part of the community and enjoy partnering with the organizations that define this special neighborhood. The work will remain on display at the hotel through the New Year.


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
 zfmq_20190919202052.jpgQueens College Art Center
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

A Solo Exhibition of Works by Franck De Las Mercedes zfmq_20190928173748.jpg
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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“Color Speaks Truth” at One River School of Art + Design Gallery
  Opening in Larchmont, NY this Saturday at One River School of Art + Design Gallery, is “Color Speaks Truth: A Solo Exhibition of Works by Franck De Las Mercedes”.
"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  
Color Speaks Truth: A Solo Exhibition of Works by Franck De Las Mercedes

On View September  - December 2019 Opening Reception: Saturday, September 28th 6pm-8pm Location: 2081 Boston Post Road, Larchmont, NY 10538   zfmq_onerivesss.jpg   Franck de las Mercedes lives and works in New York City.  His multifaceted body of work includes painting, collage, drawing, photography and writing. His paintings combine abstract figuration, journal entry, and hieroglyphic-like text, in energetic abstractions bursting with color. Franck’s personal history, childhood memories and upbringing are extracted and combined with fragments of current events, family dynamics and books. Exploring the contrast between memory and present-day cultural context, Franck creates scenes of an emotionally charged urban landscape.  
About Franck De Las Mercedes

https://www.artfdlm.com/biocv

About One River
https://oneriverschool.com/about-us/

HI RES IMAGES (Courtesy FdlM Studio)
Invite:

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Artwork:

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“Progressive Transition” The New York Latin American Art Triennial 2019


Considered one of the most important visual art events to emerge in the New York City art scene, the New York Latin American Art Triennial 2019 will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the participation of over 100 Latino artists from the US, Mexico, The Caribbean, Central and South America.

 

Queens College Art Center Presents Works
By 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 19th–November 5th 2019

  Opening Reception:

Thursday, September 19th 2019 6-8 PM

 

    This event aims to motivate and challenge the contemporary global art community to discover and take a closer look at the important work by these artists. The NY Latin American Art Triennial exhibits will be open to the public during the months of September throughout December 2019.


The Rosenthal Library Clock Tower
153-49 Reeves Ave.
Flushing NY 11367

 

 

The Peace Boxes Workshop by Franck de las Mercedes.

Hosted by BxArts Factory


Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM (limited capacity event)
240 E 153rd St,

The Bronx, NY 10451

 

 We always expect something of value to come in a box, but what if the box was empty yet contained something symbolic with a positive, challenging or inspiring message. The boxes were an experiment in an effort to provoke thought and ask people to reconsider their ability to influence change. I wanted to create dialogue, so I started sending seemingly empty painted boxes to anyone. They've traveled the globe, became a teaching tool in classrooms, entered galleries, museums, libraries and even lit up the iconic LED screens of Times Square, The main idea behind the project was to promote peace while making art accessible to people from all walks of life. Join us to learn more about Peace Boxes and create your own.

 




Color Speaks Truth: A Solo Exhibition of Works by Franck De Las Mercedes

September 25th - December 8th, 2019

Opening Reception:

Saturday, September 28th 6pm-8pm

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 25, to December 8th, 2019.

 

 

Studio 13 Gallery at BxArts Factory Presents An Artist in Residence Exhibition:

"Bronx Studies" Works by AIR Artist Franck de las Mercedes

 


On view from October 2 to October 31, 2019

Artists Reception- Thursday, October 3 from 6 to 9 pm
240 E 153rd St, The Bronx, NY 10451
Phone: (646) 820-1449
Gallery Hours:
Thursdays - 6:30 to 8:30
Sundays - Noon to 3 pm
Free Admission
Open to the Public  Art will be for Sale

 

 


Queens College Art Center Presents Works By Participating Artists:

Franck de las Mercedes, Naivy Pérez, Francheska Alcantara, Diogenes Ballester, Humberto Figueroa, Blanka Amezkua, Marcos Dimas, Gustavo Alfredo Larsen, Juan Manuel Espinoza, Ysla Rafael Rodriguez, Rene Maynez and Diego Anaya  

 

September 19th–November 5th 2019  

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 19th 2019 6-8 PM     

 

New York, September 2019 -- Considered one of the most important visual art events to emerge in the New York City art scene, the New York Latin American Art Triennial 2019 will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the participation of over 100 Latino artists from the US, Mexico, The Caribbean, Central and South America.   The festival includes over 7 art exhibitions in art spaces throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens. With the themed of “Progressive Transition”, the Triennial presents artworks addressing personal aspects of the sense of belonging.   The main objective of the triennial is to bring cultural awareness through an international network of Latin American and US based Latino artists and by establishing exhibition opportunities. The event aims to motivate and challenge the contemporary global art community to discover and take a closer look at the important work by these artists. These group exhibitions reflect the notions of progress, civilization, welfare, society and culture.   The NY Latin American Art Triennial exhibits will be open to the public during the months of September throughout December 2019. All the exhibits are open to the public and celebrate not only the richness of Latin American art, but also the diversity of the community.  

Queens College Art Center Opening

Reception Thursday, September 19th 2019 6-8 PM 

 The Rosenthal Library Clock Tower

 153-49 Reeves Ave. Flushing NY 11367 

September 19thNovember 5th 2019   

Full Program & Participating Venues: https://bxhispanicfestival.org/triennial  

HI RES IMAGES
Invite:
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I am honored to share the news that I've been selected as recipient of an Artistic Residency by BxArts Factory. The 3-month residency started on July 8th, in their Bronx studio where I'm working on a community-based body of work for an exhibit at the end of the residency program. Also making a comeback during my stay will be the Peace Boxes, which I will be painting and bringing as workshops. This is already an enriching experience and I thank BxArts Factory's board, founders and staff for the opportunity. Please be sure to connect with me on my IG to follow my progress. zfmq_20190717120506.jpg     After a highly attended opening night, followed by great public interest, The Directed Art Modern has extended the exhibition Monokhromos. Through the month of August. The show was an amazing experience; I got to see old friends and meet new people in the arts.  Here's a link to the entire body of work I created for the exhibit on the gallery's Artnet page. Enjoy! The DAM Gallery
350 NE 75th St
Miami FL 33138
zfmq_ResizedIMG3938.jpeg   Join us on Saturday, August 10th, 3-6pm for BXarts Factory's 1st BLOCK pARTy! This is to celebrate all that they’ve accomplished in their new space in the Melrose community. I've been invited to conduct a Peace Boxes workshop and paint boxes with the community in front of their studios/office located at 240 E 153rd, in The Bronx. Come take over the block with family and friends and enjoy a day of music, art, games, poetry and performances for the whole family to enjoy! This is a FREE event and we hope to see you there! zfmq_6740356323141413053495465527053040806264832o.jpg   It's my great pleasure to announce my first solo show in New York with One River School of Art + Design Gallery in Larchmont, NY. The show will be curated by Art Historian and Museum Consultant, Carol Ward. The exhibition will be up September 23rd to December 8th, 2019, featuring paintings from different series in my body of work. More details will follow as we install the exhibit. zfmq_LARCHMONTWEB.png     Talk to you all soon! Be well.     ADD FDLM TO YOUR COLLECTION zfmq_THESHOP.jpg


Cordially inviting friends in the Miami area to a summer show at The Directed Art Modern Gallery. Hope you can join us and please tell your Miami friends!   The DAM Art Gallery - Miami from July 11 – 30
Μονόχρωμος (Monokhromos)
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 11, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

The DAM Gallery
350 NE 75th St
Miami FL 33138

On July 11, The Directed Art Modern will transform its gallery space into a living newspaper with their new exhibition Μονόχρωμος (Monokhromos). From the Greek word "Monokhromos" the show will feature black and white, and monochromatic work from artists Franck de las Mercedes, B.L. Jesseph and Rob Anderson.   In this exhibit, New York artist Franck de las Mercedes debuts a new series that explores the contrast between childhood memories of war-torn Nicaragua, and present day cultural context, to create hauntingly beautiful scenes of an urban landscape.Painting with both his non-dominant hand and dominant hand, De las Mercedes switches back and forth from an adult perspective, to one of innocence, reinforcing a child-like quality that not only honors heroes and victims  but also emphasize a child’s inability to understand, articulate and accept the harsh and often contrary world around him,  juxtaposed with the experience of adulthood.
Known for his multifaceted body of work and public art projects, De las Mercedes has silenced the vibrant use of color often associated with his large scale abstracts to question how we address the suffering of others and illuminate the resiliency of the human spirit.   zfmq_FDLMDAMINVITESOLO.png   ARTWORK FEATURE IN ARTNET:  My painting "Posinegative Arrangement" now hanging in Miami for the show was a shout out and inspired by my grandmother's kitting and craftswomanship, It was selected by Artnet today to represent my gallery in their "Featured Artworks in the Gallery Network" artnet newsletter and being viewed by millions around the world. She would be most proud and humbled. Many thanks to Melanie Prapopoulos and team at The Directed Art Modern for their hard work continued support and encouragement. zfmq_artnetfeatureCopy--1.jpg     zfmq_20190701.png