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Spring is in full bloom, and in New York that means pianos are popping up like wildflowers. Tune in to CBS Sunday Morning,  June 3rd at 9am EST to see the life cycle of a Sing for Hope Piano and participating artists. Check your local listings. zfmq_DeitJHiWAAEreGj.jpg   Open Studio
WHAT:    FdlM Presents "Urbetivism"
WHEN:   Saturday, June 16th, 1-6 PM
WHERE: FdlM Art Studio
               330 Wadsworth Avenue #3G
               New York, NY 10040
Franck will be exhibiting the Urbetivism paintings for the first time at his open studio during "The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance's 16th annual Uptown Arts Stroll", which takes place every summer in the neighborhoods of Washington Heights. Inwood and West Harlem, NYC. The art stroll showcases the painters, photographers, writers, musicians, sculptors, actors, dancers and filmmakers in Northern Manhattan from May 30 to June 30, 2018. zfmq_OPENSTUDIO--1.png


I'm actually nervous about sharing this with you. It's a look at my new series and works in progress, "Urbetivism". For a while I've been struggling with saying things through my art that I've realized will only be said by breaking from abstraction. zfmq_DSC0011--1.jpg Though I have kept a record of this in the form of studies on paper, I have reached a point where I can no longer ignore this or put away-after each minor attempt.  I've decided it is time I took a break from everything else, and once and for all explored this new way of working, on canvas and with the subjects at hand. zfmq_DSC0043--1.jpgI need to see where it takes me. As you know, the representational has been surfacing in my art for a while, but I think it now needs to lead. I'm calling the series "Urbetivism" or "Urbetivismo" in Spanish, for it's references to Nicaraguan Primitivism fused with my urban style and influences. It's not a definite departure from painting abstraction I don't think. But I have to trust the muse. I'll be sharing some of the studies and works in progress and I do plan on showing some at my upcoming open studio this summer. I am nervously psyched. zfmq_20180430Copy--1.png   COMMON VIEWS
Maggi Peyton Art Gallery at the Borough President of Manhattan's Office May 3rd - May 30th, 2018
Opening Reception:
Thursday May 3rd / 6:00 - 8:00 pm  

Daniel Hauben Dolores Fultado Franck de las Mercedes Frank Guiller Linda Cunningham
Nelson Álvarez Valeri Larko
Curator: Alexis Mendoza

Maggi Peyton Art Gallery
Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
David Dinkins Municipal Building
1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South
New York, NY 10007

The documentation of city changes and the domestic life has always fascinated artists for generations in the past. From the moment cities start shaping artists often depicted the physical and social realities, as well as the potential emotional disconnect, that can accompany urban density. In recent decades, artistic focus shifted to the ramifications of climate change, localism, relocation and globalization. The exhibition explores our city, New York’s urban representations
“Common Views”, encourage audiences to think about urbanism in a larger context and coincides with collective efforts to enliven and transform our way of living. These efforts and research stand at the center of “Common Views”, an exhibition that brings together artists/New Yorkers from a variety of disciplines and had seen all the transformations. Nelson Álvarez,Franck de las Mercedes, Linda Cunningham, Daniel Hauben, Valeri Larko, Frank Guiller and Dolores Fultado attempt to
decodifide the architectural point of view and the visuality it produces by manipulating the social images and creating new mapping systems in a search for civilian-oriented visual and political imagery. The exhibition explores the new visual strategies generated by the view the city, any city from inside, from above and from within. It underscores the empowering potential of civilian action while questioning the very notion of “democratization.” The exhibition offers alternative strategies for engaging with and obtaining information about local socio-political distribution and the varies ways in the witch the city is changing.
    THE ANNUAL SPRING STUDIO SALE CONTINUES! Each year selected studies from the FdlM artchive are made available for all to collect.
From various series, one of a kind / Certificate of Authenticity will be included.
Works on paper are a terrific entry point for new collectors and patrons looking to add to their collection S&H included in price. Go get 'em!
Enter code: JUS4U to get $10.00 off   zfmq_Screenshot4--1.png   Until next time. Thank you for staying in touch!


Sharing some images of the installation of my portraits of Francisco de Quevedo exhibited in Spain's Museo Municipal - Ayuntamiento de Puertollano.  Exposición “EL HUMOR EN QUEVEDO” 2018







New floral paintings have been featured in the new issue of Inex Magazine. Inex magazine is the ultimate specification resource for design professionals working in both the domestic and commercial marketplaces. Exclusive, cutting-edge content is delivered to inform and inspire esteemed professionals on a whole host of topics and discussions impacting the industry.
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Franck de Las Mercedes to be Honored at 5th Annual Hearing Our Voices Awards in NYC

Voices UnBroken Recognizes those who Make the World a Better Place

WHAT: On November 17, 2011, Voices UnBroken will host their 5th annual Hearing Our Voices Awards Reception in NYC. Established in 2007, the award recognizes people who use their voices to make the world a better place and work to make the community's voices heard. Among this year's honorees is internationally recognized artist Franck de Las Mercedes who will be honored for his work with The Priority Boxes Art Project.

The "Priority Boxes" project is a public art series that seeks to initiate dialogue on peace, challenge people to reconsider their ability to influence change and question the fragility, value and priority given to those concepts. Each box, sent by mail to anyone who requests one, is both a canvas for a unique abstract painting and a platform for communication through art. A mixture of art and activism, the boxes are sent free to convey that something of such priority as peace should not have a price and that art can be both inclusive and accessible to all. For more info on this artist: http://www.fdlmstudio.com/PriorityBoxes.html

This event will also feature live art by Marthalicia Matarrita, and performances by Def Jam poet (and Voices UnBroken Board Member), Caridad “La Bruja” De La Luz, and Hearing Our Voices Award Honoree, Maya Azucena.

WHO: Other honorees include, Grammy Award Winning Singer, Maya Azucena and Founder of the Bowery Poetry Club, Bob Holman.
WHEN: November 17, 2011 at 6pm - 10pm

WHERE: 28 on 27 Studio
28 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001

For further information or to attend the Hearing our Voices Awards Reception, please contact Victoria Sammartino @ 646.391.3296 or victoria@voicesunbroken.org

Voices UnBroken is a Bronx-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing under-heard members of the community, primarily youth ages 14-21, with the tools and opportunity for creative self-expression. Through writing-based creative arts workshops in group homes, residential treatment centers, jails, juvenile detention centers and various other transitional and alternative settings, Voices UnBroken nurtures the inherent need in all people to tell their stories and be heard. It is our belief that through this telling of stories and sharing of dreams individual and community growth becomes possible. http://www.voicesunbroken.org/


The Priority Boxes Art Series: A Message of Peace and Hope
Franck de Las Mercedes’ Project Comes to SW Florida
Special Edition Boxes Available at daas Gallery Saturday, October 16, 6-9PM

With labels that read "Fragile Contains: Peace, Freedom or Justice", visual artist Franck de Las Mercedes sends abstractly painted, seemingly empty boxes to anybody, anywhere in the world, for free.

The "Priority Boxes" project is a public art series that makes people reconsider their ability to influence change and question the fragility, value and priority of entities like peace. Each box, sent by mail to anyone who requests one, is both a canvas for a unique abstract painting and a platform for communication through art. A mixture of art and activism, the boxes are sent free to show that something of such priority as peace should not have a price and that art can be both inclusive and accessible to all.
The project, which started as an experiment and is funded by the artist and donations from supporters, has evolved into a movement that has been embraced by popular culture, the mainstream media and schools and art educators across America. From his small New Jersey studio, the artist has sent over 8500 boxes around the globe, to countries in every continent.

In support of the Priority Boxes Project, special edition boxes are available at daas Gallery, in downtown Fort Myers, as part of the "Abstract Pop" exhibit now through October 31. With a twenty dollar donation, you can skip the 8 month waiting period and get your box of peace, hope, love or courage now. Proceeds will directly benefit the project.

The gallery will be hosting a "box party" Saturday, October 16 from 6-9PM.
For information about the event or current exhibit, visit www.daasgallery.com or call 239-939-1194

daas Gallery is located at: 1512 Broadway St. Fort Myers, FL 33901
Regular gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm


The first opening reception at the newly opened Zen Dog Gallery will feature a collection of works by Franck de Las Mercedes' in addition to works by masters Petar Tale, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.

WHAT:
Zen Dog Gallery presents Franck de Las Mercedes Exhibit

WHEN:
Opening Reception
Saturday, September 18th
From 2pm to 7pm

WHERE:
Zen Dog Cafe Gallery
6367 Mill Street
Rhinebeck, NY, 12572
http://www.zendogcafe.com/

The exhibit features Franck's original work and an impressive collection of original drawings and lithographs by masters Petar Tale, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.

Located in the heart of Rhinebeck, New York in the beautiful Hudson River Region, the Zen Dog Cafe and Upstairs Gallery are new gathering spot for those interested in stimulating all of the senses through music, art, literature and food.


MORE ABOUT FRANCK DE LAS MERCEDES
Franck de Las Mercedes a New York based visual artist who has emerged as one of the country's most prolific visual artists in recent years. From his provocative portraits to his large scale abstract paintings, Franck de Las Mercedes' work has been featured on numerous national and international television and radio shows including, LatiNation, CNN En Español, Noticiero Telemundo and Univision's "Aqui y Ahora." He's also been featured in prestigious publications including, Selecciones (Reader's Digest), Art Business News, Hispanic Magazine, SoulPancake, Museum VIEWS, American Style and The Artist's magazine. For more information: http://fdlmstudio.com/

MORE ABOUT THE PRIORITY BOXES ART PROJECT:
With labels that read "Fragile Contains: Peace, Freedom or Justice", visual artist Franck de Las Mercedes sends abstractly painted, seemingly empty boxes to anybody, anywhere in the world, for free.

The "Priority Boxes" project is a public art series that makes people reconsider their ability to influence change and question the fragility, value and priority of entities like peace. Each box, sent by mail to anyone who requests one, is both a canvas for a unique abstract painting and a platform for communication through art. A mixture of art and activism, the boxes are sent free to show that something of such priority as peace should not have a price and that art can be both inclusive and accessible at all.

The project which started as an experiment and is funded by the artist and donations from supporters, has evolved into a movement that has been embraced by popular culture, the mainstream media and schools and art educators across America. From his small New Jersey studio, the artist has sent over 8500 boxes around the globe, to countries in every continent.
With his boxes, de Las Mercedes is in the process of creating a phenomenon that is as visceral as it is visual. The boxes fuse elements of painting, sculpture and conceptual art that transform the exhibition space into a broader environment than that of a gallery. By having the art on the outside for all to see, the addressees and spectators are incorporated as part of the work and the concept.


"The way we harm the earth affects all people, and how we treat one another is
reflected in how we treat the earth".

Francesca Arcilesi Fine Art is pleased to present
Running on Empty
on Wednesday, July 14th
from 6-9 PM at 119 West 25th Street
between 6th and 7th avenue.

Running on Empty is a group show including works that convey meanings of Reduction,
Reuse, Recycle, Respect, Repair, Reflect and Responsibility. The works focus on many
natural processes that are violated by greed and mass consumption, challenging the viewer
to rethink and reflect on their personal role in society.

Featured Artists:
Jon Allen
Vincent Arcilesi
Robert Attanasio
Inna Babaeva
Chris Becker
Sarah Bielicky
Alex Callender
Jamie Ellen Davis
Kate Goyette
Max Greis
Jordan Hollender
Jim Isherwood
Jun'ichirö Ishida
Franck de Las Mercedes
Caspar Henselmann
Jurg Lanzrein
Hyo Jeong Nam
Lori Nelson
Roger Laux Nelson
Rob de Oude
Jeffrey Allen Price
Martin Ries
Jeffrey Rothstein
Adam Taye
Ben Shambaugh
Jesse Scaturro
Scott Sjobakken
Emanuele Simonelli
Erik von Ploennies
Steve Zolin

The works range from lush green landscapes to the other extreme, war-themed paintings
and sculptures, stressing the brutality and gun violence as an articulation of power, fulfilling
government and corporate concerns. A desire to preserve the beauty of the world is juxtaposed
with the devastation to the earth and mankind.