EDGE HOTEL Presents: THE PEACE WALL POP-UP EXHIBIT
Come celebrate in the neighborhood where the artist lives and works. 100 Peace Boxes have been painted for this NYC event to promote and gift peace during the holiday season. Located just steps from Columbia University Medical Center and Washington Heights’ array of cultural and educational institutions, the sleek Edge Hotel introduces fresh style to one of New York City’s most historic neighborhoods, Washington Heights.
Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood is a tight-knit, culturally vibrant community filled with Columbia University medical students, young professionals and families. We are proud to be part of the community and enjoy partnering with the organizations that define this special neighborhood. The work will remain on display at the hotel through the New Year.
Friday, December 13
5:00 – 9:00 PM
NEW SERIES!: THE JOURNAL BY FDLM
From the artist art studio worktable to you home.
“The Journal series utilize enlarged journal pages in which i fuse painting, ephemera, inkjet overprinting, collage, drawing, digital images, photography and writing. The themes on the works share my personal experiences, thoughts, ideas and creative musings. They are also observations and meditations on daily life and current events, while others are inquiry into history, philosophy, mythology, psychology and spirituality. . Each is one of a kind and signed original work.”
“Growing up in New York City exposed me to the visual clash of street art, decaying walls, torn-up ads, and the way time and the elements created an aesthetic of their own on these surfaces. My surroundings and a fascination with the abstract expressionism movement played a major role in me becoming an artist. My subjects are extracted from any aspect of daily life in New York; urban nature, present day personal experiences, current events or childhood memories and family relationships in life and books. I’m interested in creating emotionally charged imagery, by employing bold colors, jagged linework, hieroglyph inspired text and abstract patterns.” 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 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).. 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 elevators at the A line subway station near the MET Cloisters Museum.
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.