Collage Abstract Artist Mikel Frank

Collage Abstract Artist Mikel Frank's ArtPop billboard painting, "Let the Sunshine", 48’ x 14’ is up in Charlotte, NC area for 2021.
New York, Charlotte North Carolina Collage Artist Mikel Frank Billboard ArtPop Street Gallery in The Creatives Daily Presents

Collage Abstract Artist Mikel Frank

Collage Abstract Artist

Mikel Frank
Of Charlotte North Carolina

Artist Mikel Frank Billboard ArtPop Street Gallery "Let The Sunshine"in The Creatives Daily Presents
Artist Mikel Frank Billboard ArtPop Street Gallery. “Let The Sunshine”

 

Collage Abstract Artist Mikel Frank’s ArtPop billboard painting,
“Let the Sunshine”,
48’ x 14’
is up in Charlotte, NC area for the 2021 year.

This painting is a solo work. It is part of the ArtPop CLT program, which consists of 20 artists invited to be included in the effort.
One painting was selected to be on a 42-foot billboard and also posted on various signage locations and digital billboards throughout the Charlotte, North Carolina area.
Frank is a practicing creative with ties to Global Art Project, an international collaborative collective with 64 members from 17 countries.

Originally hailing from the New York City Metropolitan area,
he now teaches art and is involved in collaborative projects in North Carolina.

North Carolina Artist Mikel Frank Billboard ArtPop Street Gallery in The Creatives Daily Presents
North Carolina Artist Mikel Frank Billboard ArtPop Street Gallery in The Creatives Daily Presents

 

His studio practice is thriving and his newly developed Zoom series,
“Painters on Painting”
along with his painting partner,
Gerard Amsellem,
is establishing a presence.

The next Zoom discussion will be on
May 20, 2021
and will be featuring the work and life of
Mark Rothko
to be announced at
Maplewood Library 
website

As a member of the Global Art Project, Frank is involved in the GAP Frag Exchange program. Frags are fragments of everyday detritus collected and sent to other artist members to then create original collages with. It is a collaboration with wonderful high-level artists from around the world.
Charlotte North Carolina Artist Mikel Frank Billboard ArtPop Street Gallery in The Creatives Daily Presents
Charlotte North Carolina Artist Mikel Frank

“Frags from Carl Heyward, Madeleine Wories, Isabel Ruiz Perdiguero, Spain, Helen Osfwerstrom, Sweden,
Faserhaft Judith Pauly Bender, Germany, Syporca Whandall. This piece has the most frags from different artists in different places than any I have made.
And it’s all free.
Sold: In the Collection of
Mark and Julie Mintz, Fanwood, NJ”

 

There are many levels of meaning to an artist’s work and there are many reasons why an artist makes art. There are also artists, works of art, and creative endeavors, which have no evident meaning. But, that doesn’t make them any less valuable or less essential.

The act of painting and creating is something that is in my nature.

I am happiest when I’m doing it.
When I am in the “zone” there is nothing quite like it.
It may be the only time that I am truly in the moment, the present moment.
Like the Abstract Expressionists, my work is mostly about process and spontaneity.
I don’t plan or do sketches before I start making a painting or collage. It is a dialogue, reactive and emotional. I make a mark or glue down an image or shape, then respond to it and make another mark that helps support the creation of the overall work. It is similar to call and response or improvisation. It is important to realize, however, that I am constantly using my knowledge of the elements, principles, and

the vocabulary of art: line, shape, form, color, value, space, etc. are essential to how I construct my work.

 

 

New York, Charlotte North Carolina Collage Artist Mikel Frank Billboard ArtPop Street Gallery in The Creatives Daily Presents
New York, Charlotte North Carolina Collage Artist Mikel Frank ArtPop Street Gallery

 

Some of my pieces are done with a medium known as encaustic.

I embed images into a layer of molten wax to create a kind of narrative using collage elements. At times I go purely abstract using non-objective forms and shapes to create a “picture” based on my own personal sense of where things should be compositionally and aesthetically. Other times I create narrative arranging found images from different sources juxtaposing them in order to create a psychological allusion or a suggestive symbolism or metaphor.

 

23 Reasons, Collage Abstract Artist Mikel Frank Charlotte North Carolina
23 Reasons, 11”x14,” Acrylic paint, ink, paper and map on watercolor paper, 2020

“There are 23 reasons for everything.
The number 23 is a special number in my life.
With Frags from Helen S. Cohen”

 

Collaboration is an important part of my art-making process as well.

I enjoy working with other artists to create artworks that literally feed off of the creative energy or vision of someone else. It can be cathartic and inspirational. It forces me to see things differently. It creates a third artist whose presence would not exist without the other artists’ creative vision.

This is my experience with my painting partner

Gerard Amsellem
and with
Global Art Project.

Painting for me is an expression of what is going on in my life.

It is not translation it is interpretation and reaction. It takes many forms and uses many techniques and processes to communicate my vision. My mission is to communicate a visual language through imagery, expression, and form, which has at its core a reflection of my aesthetic and the history of where it came from.

 

Mikel Frank
mikelfrnk@gmail.com
www.mikelfrank.net
www.visualpassion.net
#mikelfranksart

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Feb. 3rd. 2021

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