I don't make resolutions, but I plan to continue expanding consciousness. and promoting understanding with my art-work. Here's something I have been working on  for the past year:

 

On February 18, 2014 de las Mercedes lost over a decade of his body of work in a five alarm fire that destroyed his home and studio in Weehawken, NJ.
The artist relocated to Washington Heights, the upper Manhattan neighborhood where he grew up.

In early 2017, Franck started printing and deleting digital files of lost works and studies, which he prints and hand embellishes with notes and messages on postcards.The artist then sends or hands them out to total strangers.

In a world of immediacy and digital cyber communities, each postcard aims to establish aesthetical communication between artist and people, cultural exchange outside the structures of online social platforms; and mutual understanding by offering direct and personal interaction with an object created by an artist.

 If you would like to request a free postcard email the studio and write "One post card" in the subject line.



Prosperity and happiness are my wishes to all of you. Thank you for your continued support!



Wishing each and everyone of you a happy holiday season and  a new year filled with health, happiness, success and a world with much needed understanding. At the end of this email, you will find a little gift from Nicola, Luca and I. Free Coffee! As always I thank you for the gift of your friendship and patronage. Enjoy!  

 

Art Exhibit in NYC. CITY LIMITS: Inside, Above, Within.
Curated by Alexis Mendoza Curatorial Projects & Marie Laux
Thursday, December 7 at 6 PM - 9 PM
El Barrio’s Artspace PS109
215 E 99th St, New York, New York 10029
Featuring works by Carlos Barberena – Carlos Chacín – Yunuen DÍaz – Dolores Furtado
Bairo Martínez Parra – Franck de las Mercedes – Bernardo Navarro Tómas and Rocío Olivares.
The documentation of city changes and the domestic life has always fascinated artists for generations in the past. From the moment cities start chapping 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, gentrification, relocation and globalization. The exhibition explores urban representations from cities such as: Medellin, Havana, New York, Chicago, Santiago de Chile, Paris, Mexico City, Managua and Buenos Aires. “City Limits”, encourage audiences to think about urbanism in a larger context and coincides with collective efforts to enliven and transform our way of living. zfmq_Smallfdlmflyer--1.jpg   Introducing The N u d e Studies: This is a never before seen series of abstract figuration and self-portrait studies, the artist has produced since 2014. The work is noted for its intensity and its raw gestures. Abstracted, sculpture-like body shapes with expressive black line  painted with palette knives that characterize the artist's signature style. The series is available at the official shop.  These works on paper make great artful gifts and they are a great to start or continue your FdlM collection. zfmq_20171201--1.png   Free Coffee: Hot Coffee - 2017 Printable digital file or signed print of an original FdllM palette knife drawing -  We hope you enjoy it!
Click here to download digital.
Click here for a free print signed by the artist. (First come  - Just a few available)
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Cómo me criticabas y te avergonzabas de mí.
Yo tan ansioso de pasar ese minuto junto a vos,
y vos repudiándome porque sobreviví tu guerra. 

 

 

© 1999 Franck de las Mercedes


A bottomless injury 

Abandoned mourning in deep-rooted devotion

Container of fright

Hopeless eyes crammed with tears

And in the silence, three knocks:

Why?

When?

How?

Hush and assemble

Be still and drown

 

© 2005 Franck de las Mercedes


Busca entre las abreviadas vías.
Según la ruina, la zozobra y la penumbra,  

hoy él también desea otra vez profesarse tuyo,

como suya especulaste ser.

 

© 1999 Franck de las Mercedes


Haz de soportar su cara pesada

Ese fardo de sonrisa torpe

De tu tacto entumido o muerto ya talvez,

surge una aspiración cobarde de ser quien ves.

 

© 1998 Franck de las Mercedes


A life with no say-so
A being with no face
Just a timid smile
Longing for embrace

 

© 2000 Franck de las Mercedes