The "Free Drawings Project” is taking flight. It is based on a series of palette knife sketches on peace I’ve been experimenting with since 2016. As it happened with the peace boxes project, educators are the ones already responding and collaborating in order to bring them into the classroom. Some have shared their concern as educators for finding tools to promote empathy in their chavalitos.   So I had to find a way to continue to make art easily accessible as a catalyst for much needed empathy. Let’s see how far this Pax bird goes.





  Perhaps in art sometimes you need the setbacks, negative discouraging words, the fears and the criticism that emerges around your self-expression – In order to have something to be brave about. I’m amazed how much I continue to grow and learn a lot about myself through art-making.

  I've been afraid of and failed at many things in life; but in art I just go for it, from the gut.

When making art I'm pretty fearless, and every work resolved is a personal success.  
  I am an artist. I did not choose to be an artist, and there's no doubt in my mind that art chose me, or perhaps life chose art for me; because I was damaged enough for it.

  Life might have steered me into this creative path is because life knew, that unlike any other undertaking in my life, in art I would be fearless.

I'm most honored and grateful to be growing old as an artist. I make no apologies for it.




The CBS "Sunday Morning"
In case you missed it. Click image below to check ot the segment.  zfmq_20180603--1.jpg 

The Free Drawings Project

 

Continuing his mission to promote peace, hope and understanding through art, Franck de las Mercedes has launched a new art project in which he intends to share art and a positive message with anybody, anywhere in the world, this time through a free drawing.

The "Free Drawings" project intends to create artwork that is inclusive and accessible to all, in an effort to bring awareness to the importance of art in people's lives as a catalyst for empathy and dialogue.

Each piece is an original palette knife drawing signed by the artist and completely free.

 

 

 

One person can receive a free drawing by covering their own S&H (shipping materials and postage).

 

 

 

GET A FREE DRAWING

 

 

©Franck de las Mercedes

 

Thank You! Open Studio

Thanks to all who visited my open studio! Always great to meet new people and greet friends and patrons. The new series was even featured in a cool art and travel blog.   zfmq_201806194--1.png Here's the latest from the series entitled "Four Eves" zfmq_foureveslonuevo1--1.jpg

   The Annual Summer Open Studio Online. For my loyal patrons and collectors. It's that time of year! Click the image below.
  zfmq_201806251--2.png   Talk to you soon!


Do you know how to find it?
Do you know how to be?
Have you seen all the lightning
blaze the forbidden tree?

All the people seem happy
cause they're coming to see,
a show made out of nothing
from a good family.

And the burn keeps on burning
behind the Weehawken rain. 
A new lesson I'm learning,
but I'm feeling no pain.
 
© 2002 Franck de las Mercedes


Momento en el cual ya nada importa.

Instante en el que se resigna el ser.
Pausa y paz,
ni mortal, ni objeto.
Tu espíritu se desemboca sobre la inmensidad de un segundo nítido;

convirtiéndote dócilmente en el principio de un comienzo.

 

© Franck de las Mercedes 1999


This week on CBS "Sunday Morning"

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


Finally completed)! Though my cultural heritage is very evident in this painting, some of the works in the new series have references to religious imagery. This work references  the Black Madonna of Częstochowa in Poland, a representation of what is now also part of my son's heritage from his mother. But a lot of the work is anecdotal and a memoir mostly about my childhood before coming to the US. I'm not really making portraits or depictions of friends and family, but employing images of them to express my interpretation of events past and present.
Maybe the religious references stem from the fight between a Catholic grandfather and Baptist grandmother (husband and wife), to claim my soul.
It  was very palpable in my life as a child. God became something as terrifying as the war. I eventually practiced both faiths, mostly out of fear and a longing to be part of something or find a father, but at some point I had to break free.
Part of the Urbetivism series.





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!