NEWS

OVER 100 INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE IN THE 2019 NEW YORK LATIN AMERICAN ART TRIENNIAL


 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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BXART FACTORY INVITES THE COMMUNITY TO PARTY AND PAINT FOR PEACE AT THEIR 1ST BRONX BLOCK PARTY This Summer Visual Artist Franck de las Mercedes Became the Recipient of BxArts Factory's Artistic Residency   zfmq_6740356323141413053495465527053040806264832o.jpg   New York, August 2019 -- BxArts Factory is a grassroots, non-profit organization connecting Bronx-based creatives and community through the arts. The Factory sponsors art exhibitions, workshops and educational programs in the Bronx and collaborates with artists, other organizations and local businesses to strengthen ties to the community and increase community engagement with the arts.   Founded in 2014 by Bronx local artist Laura Alvarez, community activist Twahira Khan, Alexis Mendoza - founder of Alexis Mendoza Curatorial Projects, and community organizer and educator Yolanda L. Rodriguez; BxArts is launching it's first annual Block Party outside of their new space in the Melrose community of the Bronx. On Saturday, August 10th, from 3-6pm, this event celebrates the success of the organization as a Bronx-based community creative resource and share plans for the future at their newly acquired space.

Joining the celebration will be BxArts Factory current resident artist, Franck de las Mercedes, internationally recognized for creating  conceptual works and colorful abstractions. Franck will be leading a Peace Boxes painting workshop with block party guests of all ages. Since 2006 The Priority Boxes art project has achieved international acclaim as a public project that promotes peace through participatory art while seeking 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 is both a canvas for a unique abstract painting and a platform for communication through art.

"I am honored to be collaborating with the community and to be the recipient of this Artistic Residency with BxArts Factory. I look forward to the next 3 months creating a community-based body of work and the exhibit at the end of the residency program. I'm also happy to see the comeback of the Peace Boxes, by way of workshops. This is already an enriching experience and it is my wish that the community will also be enriched by my participation." says FdlM
This event is free to the public. BxArts Factory is inviting everyone to 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.


WHAT:   BxArts Factory Block Party WHEN:  Saturday, August 10th, 3 to 6 p.m. WHERE: BxArts Factory              240 East, 153rd Street              Bronx, NY 10451 More info: http://www.bxartsfactory.org/     HI RES IMAGES (Courtesy FdlM Studio)
Invite:
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Due To Popular Demand The Directed Art Modern Has Extended Its Popular "Monokhromos” Exhibit Through The Month Of August
 The Show Features New Works By Renowned Contemporary Painter Franck de las Mercedes     Miami  (August 2019) -- After a highly attended opening night, followed by great public interest, The Directed Art Modern will has extended their new exhibition Μονόχρωμος (Monokhromos). From the Greek word "Monokhromos" the show features black and white artworks from artists Franck de las Mercedes, B.L. Jesseph and Rob Anderson.   A huge hit 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.   Μονόχρωμος (Monokhromos) July 11 – August 25   The DAM Gallery 350 N.E 75th Street, Space 109 Miami, Fl., 33138
(Entrance N.E. 3rd Court)   Summer Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12:00 - 5:00 PM
HI RES IMAGES (Courtesy FdlM Studio)
Invite:
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Artwork: https://1drv.ms/u/s!AtTT_1i9o6gTied5qmMzM20stmXCLQ
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ABOUT FDLM:
Franck de las Mercedes is an artist living and working in Washington
Heights, New York City. In 2006, de las Mercedes achieved
international acclaim with his conceptual art
project “The Priority Boxes" or Peace Boxes; conceived as a way to
promote peace and  bring contemporary art to a broader audience.  FdlM
is the recipient of an  “Outstanding Latino” award, the “Hearing Our
Voices” award and is profiled in the book titled “Learning from Latino
Role Models: Inspire Students through Biographies, Instructional
Activities, and Creative Assignments” by David Campos (Rowman &
Littlefield Publishers). Named one of Complex magazine’s “15 Artists
About to Dominate 2015”, Franck has participated in numerous national
and international exhibits including The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt New
York, The NY Museum of Modern Art’s “Abstract Currents”, Sing for Hope
Pianos 2017, BKLYN Designs, Naples Museum of Art, Folklore Museum of
Tripotamos Greece, The National of Ireland, Ireland and The French
Institute Alliance Française. His art is part of private and public
collections around the world, including a portrait of Francisco de
Quevedo which was acquired by Fundación Francisco de Quevedo.

ABOUT DAM:
The Mission of The Directed Art Modern is to Keep Art For Art’s sake,
providing exhibition opportunities, space and management, to artists
in all career levels, while opening doors not only to collectors, but
also to the general public. An artist and curator team bringing 27
years of art market experience, The DAM is able to cover a myriad of
topics relating to the career of each artist. While guiding them to
navigate the labyrinth of today’s modern art market, DAM explores not
only traditional modes of exhibition, but also innovative locations.
The DAM’s entire modus operandi is to protect art, the artist and to
keep them in the realm of their art and vision.
https://thedirectedartmodern.com/

 

Internationally Renowned Contemporary Artist Franck de las Mercedes Debuts New Series at The DAM Art Gallery in 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.
HI RES IMAGES (Courtesy FdlM Studio)
Artist:
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AtTT_1i9o6gTieIxxgJtqA-oesAnZA

Invite:
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AtTT_1i9o6gTieIwz0tIS-wvBFQKkw

Artwork:
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AtTT_1i9o6gTieIyTgEi3k5vlgPt_Q

ABOUT FDLM:
Franck de las Mercedes is an artist living and working in Washington
Heights, New York City. In 2006, de las Mercedes achieved
international acclaim with his conceptual art
project “The Priority Boxes" or Peace Boxes; conceived as a way to
promote peace and  bring contemporary art to a broader audience.  FdlM
is the recipient of an  “Outstanding Latino” award, the “Hearing Our
Voices” award and is profiled in the book titled “Learning from Latino
Role Models: Inspire Students through Biographies, Instructional
Activities, and Creative Assignments” by David Campos (Rowman &
Littlefield Publishers). Named one of Complex magazine’s “15 Artists
About to Dominate 2015”, Franck has participated in numerous national
and international exhibits including The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt New
York, The NY Museum of Modern Art’s “Abstract Currents”, Sing for Hope
Pianos 2017, BKLYN Designs, Naples Museum of Art, Folklore Museum of
Tripotamos Greece, The National of Ireland, Ireland and The French
Institute Alliance Française. His art is part of private and public
collections around the world, including a portrait of Francisco de
Quevedo which was acquired by Fundación Francisco de Quevedo.

ABOUT DAM:
The Mission of The Directed Art Modern is to Keep Art For Art’s sake,
providing exhibition opportunities, space and management, to artists
in all career levels, while opening doors not only to collectors, but
also to the general public. An artist and curator team bringing 27
years of art market experience, The DAM is able to cover a myriad of
topics relating to the career of each artist. While guiding them to
navigate the labyrinth of today’s modern art market, DAM explores not
only traditional modes of exhibition, but also innovative locations.
The DAM’s entire modus operandi is to protect art, the artist and to
keep them in the realm of their art and vision.
https://thedirectedartmodern.com/

 

Helping Young Latino Students to See Themselves in Books: Learning from Latino Role Models   International Visual Artist Franck de las Mercedes is Profiled in the Book Titled “Learning from Latino Role Models: Inspire Students through Biographies, Instructional Activities, and Creative Assignments” by David Campos (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers).   (New York, NY -- January 30, 2019) -- Featuring profiles of Latino trailblazers such as Sonia Sotomayor, Gustavo Duhamel, Shakira, Oscar de la Renta and Enrique Martinez Celaya, the book “Learning from Latino Role Models: Inspire Students through Biographies, Instructional Activities, and Creative Assignments” by David Campos (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers), provides teachers with instructional resources that can be easily used in classroom settings as a culturally responsive educational bridge for their Latino students. Franck de Las Mercedes is a New York based Nicaraguan visual artist and promoter of peace, who has emerged as one of the most prolific visual artists in the US in recent years. For over ten years Franck’s visual trajectory has brought contemporary art to a broader audience, including Latino communities,  encouraging people to participate in conversations about art and peace, while challenging them to consider their ability to influence change. The artist employs painting as a platform for social engagement, empowerment and communication through art. His projects such as “The Peace Boxes” have become a world renowned movement embraced by popular culture, the mainstream media, schools and art educators across America and abroad.   "It was a total surprise and I'm most honored and humbled that my creative mission has been acknowledged by Mr. Campos and educators, and that my story shares a page with so many admirable Latinos in the USA who have been role models of my own. Having visited many schools for art workshops, I've been able to hear from many young Latino readers who've expressed that they never really see themselves in books written for them. I think this book is a great tool ro change that and hope other publishers will follow.” Says Franck de las Mercedes   “Learning from Latino Role Models” offers 20 sets of activities designed around Latino role models and aims to help students learn how Latinos offer unique contributions to this nation. The textbook aims to help Latino schoolchildren find inspiration to realize their own goals, through activities that reflect the Latino community and cultural heritage. The activities are designed to help children come to identify with the stories' controlling themes as they address Latino culture, history, values, and experiences. In all, the instructional sets are complete with questions that motivate critical thinking; activity ideas that reinforce the meaning or the intended message of the story; and vocabulary to enhance students' communication skills. “This book is an amazing resource for all teachers and all classrooms that wish to be responsive to their diverse population of students. The quality instructional activities and materials are enriching for all and can easily be incorporated into any curriculum across grade levels. I can definitely see myself using this reader-friendly book as a resource over and over throughout the school year.”
— Stephanie Wilson, Second Grade Teacher, Scarborough Elementary

About the Author:
David Campos is Professor of Education at University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX) where he teaches courses in special education, culturally responsive teaching, and instructional design and delivery. He has written books on LGBT youth, childhood health and wellness, the teaching of writing, and the schooling of Latinos.

Book (courtesy Rowman & Littlefield Publishers) https://1drv.ms/u/s!AtTT_1i9o6gTiZBmLCq_p2OGSQsF6w Artist (Courtesy FdlM Art Studio) https://1drv.ms/u/s!AtTT_1i9o6gTiZBnTj1tpj-rNBydkg https://1drv.ms/u/s!AtTT_1i9o6gTiZBoq_0HHK1FggGnYQ Art https://1drv.ms/u/s!AtTT_1i9o6gTiZBp3tOYM6gElYhMcA   Contacts:   Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Publicity and Media Queries
General questions regarding review copies, email reviews@rowman.com   Art Studio N Blount 917-403-6020 info@fdlmstudio.com     About Franck de las Mercedes: 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.

In 2006, de las Mercedes achieved international acclaim with his conceptual art project “The Priority Boxes." A public project conceived as a way to promote peace through participatory free art. The project has been adapted as a teaching tool for educators, community centers and art therapy counselors across the US. On October 2014, The New Jersey Senate and General Assembly passed a joint legislative resolution honoring Franck and the Peace Boxes Project, commending him for his meritorious record of service, leadership, and commitment in the arts and his community.

Named one of "15 Artists About to Dominate 2015" by Complex magazine, FdlM is the recipient of the "Voices UnBroken Award", from the Voices UnBroken organization and the "Outstanding Latino Award" by the Union City Music Project. In 2017, Franck's painting "April Flowers" was selected by The Artists Unite Poster Project, in cooperation with the MTA, to become a poster to display in the subway A line.

Recent exhibitions include, Sing for Hope Pianos 2017, The 5th Bronx Latin American Art Biennial, Queens Museum, BronxArtSpace, The Joan Mitchel Foundation, The Artists Unite MTA Poster Project, The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt New York, The NY Museum of Modern Art’s “Abstract Currents”, BKLYN Designs, Naples Museum of Art, Folklore Museum of Tripotamos Greece, The National College of Ireland, Ireland and The French Institute Alliance Française. His work is also a part of the Fundación Francisco de Quevedo's permanent collection in Ciudad Real, Spain.