A completed work is Victory, but for me the joy is found in the trajectory.
This train's destination has never been happiness.
But today there's a small inauguration.
Like most American products you are instantly special and prized.
You've been projected into this time of ours
in hopes that you will be extraordinary and improved.
Such is the expectation that without you knowing, already weighs on you.
© 2000 Franck de las Mercedes
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
Gunpowder was always part of Nicaraguan life. From religious festivals to birthday celebrations, fireworks were a year round affair for Nicaraguans. When I was a child closing a party with fireworks meant status. During the revolution, the local artisans from barrios like Monimbó, came in support of the Sandinista movement by making craft bombs or "bombas artesanales". They looked very similar to candy in wrapping, which might be the reason some regarded them as caramelos. We always hear of art as a tool of resistance or subversiveness, but in Masaya local artisans used their craftsmanship and materials for actual weapons against an oppressive regime. I didn't paint one for the story nor to glorify war or revolution. To me the image represents a metaphor for the psyche of a child from a war torn country and how many of us are denied talking about how it affected our young consciousness. Some things are best kept wrapped inside and in silence. In fact, talking about how war affected you is a sign of weakness, especially if you did not suffer the same fate as many others who went to war, or my peers who later were forced to serve a revolution. I was lucky enough to get out, but In my personal case, this only lead me to adopt a false belief that I had an explosive nature. Which in turn I used against myself. While looking for images for my painting, I was surprised to discover that they are still being used for fishing, which is also affecting the local ecosystem and marine life.
Legend has it that when Bartolomé de las Casas first saw the Masaya volcano, in the city where I was born, he called it the "Gates of Hell." During my time there, I never knew the hell story, nor the legend of the indigenous people regarding the volcano as a god; and even holding Monexico and sacrifices at the site. What I do know is that very early in life I began to question the existence of many things, which soon enough I learned it wasn't something a child could do out loud. I think it's appropriate for me to start this series with this painting. My childhood there was definitely no myth, anecdote or folktale. And I never felt too far from that gate.
El Diablo Está Triste Hoy - 2017 Acrylic on canvas 18" x 24"
"Branding Belief" painting to show at NYC's WBAI Radio's 2nd annual fundraising art exhibit and auction. Curated by Jim Wintner, the exhibit also includes works by Walter Robinson, Max Ginsburg , Laura Elkins, Elise Engler, Richard Avedon, Nina Sobell, Allen Ginsberg and Leon Golub, to name a few. The catalog is now open to the public for preview online, and will be followed by the opening in NYC on November 16.
Thursday, November 16th from 6-9pm
The Chesterfield Gallery 109 Norfolk St, New York, NY 10002
The catalog is now open to the public for preview via BenefitEvents. Online bidding starts Nov. 2 @ 9AM. Life in the art studio: Tomorrow's Sun is the latest abstract painting in the "Feeling Center" series. I have continued to incorporate petroglyph inspired forms and I'm also working on paper. New Work: Sacred Mysteries - 2017, Acrylic on paper 13" x 19"
Give a child a crayon and a sheet of paper and he or she will draw you a map to the center of the universe. FdlM