Energetic Abstracts: Art by Franck De Las Mercedes
New York artist Franck De Las Mercedes works with painting, collage, and mixed media elements, creating energetic abstractions that are compositionally and conceptually dense. With overlapping fields of highly saturated color, Franck creates psychedelic imagery that draws the eye across the entirety of the substrate.
The works in Franck’s recent series Feeling Center are devoid of recognizable figure, and instead take the form of canvases covered in what looks, at a glance, almost like a repeating pattern. I enjoy the way these patterns become, instead, dense collections of unique marks. The artist’s previous works have focused more on a central figure: the works in Idlelatria, for example, are primarily figurative, with human subjects posed and interacting with objects in a way that feels deliberate and almost religiously symbolic.
I enjoy the cohesiveness of Franck’s color palette throughout his portfolio. The artist doesn’t shy away from using a palette that veers into the psychedelic, with electric greens and blues that have an almost digital sense.