The Golden Firelei Baez

Posted on March 18, 2017 by Erick Rios

Firelei Baez's work is so uniquely regal that it instantly transports you to another world when you view it. Her unconventional usage of objects like hairy fur and flowers to fill familiar silhouettes creates a nostalgic environment that would otherwise not exist. We recently framed one of her massive pieces and we were amazed by her meticulous style.

Erick Rios of Frames and Stretchers with a completed Firelei Baez piece with a custom gothic gold frame.

Erick with the completed Firelei Baez. 

We floated this piece using Japanese paper hinges and rice paste over acid free museum board backing. Next we chose a custom gold gothic moulding and finished off with museum glass for the glazing. The gold and yellow tones complemented each other perfectly.

Man Without a Country (aka anthropophagist wading in the Artibonite River), 2012 by Firelei Baez.

Man Without a Country (aka anthropophagist wading in the Artibonite River) 2012

As a Dominican-American artist, Firelei does make allusions to the immigrant experience in the US. However, her otherworldly aesthetic takes center stage with an explosion of soft translucent colors, flower filled skin and full womanly bodies that carry an air of warm elegance. She creates her multi-genre pieces on paper, often mixing paint washes with hand drawn images. In an Artsy editorial, writer Jared Quinton summarizes one of her many diaspora allusions;  "Báez channels the long history of ornamentation and fashion as acts of resistance among women of the African Diaspora. She embodies this connection quite literally through her intensive artistic labor, uniting their struggles with those of today." 

Demetrea by Firelei Baez.

Demetrea, 2011

Her emphasis on vehicles of femininity and beauty are clean, moving and refreshing for the viewer. Firelei received her BFA from Cooper Union, her MFA from Hunter College and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2008. She had a solo show called Bloodlines at PAMM and is currently showing Bloodlines at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. Recently, she also had an installation for the Future Generation Art Prize. Currently, Firelei is represented by the Lyle O'Reitzel Gallery  in New York City. To see more of her work check out her Instagram and Artsy. To see what else we're working on, follow us on Instagram or stop by the shop for a quote.

Posted in custom framing, Dominican artist, Firelei Baez, frames and stretchers, Lower East Side, nyc, techniques, tri state area

From Santiago to Paris: José García Cordero's Tales of the Caribbean

Posted on January 28, 2017 by Erick Rios

Perro Rojo; Red Dog

José García Cordero is a Paris-based Dominican artist who creates dark, dream-like paintings that explore themes like greed in society. His pieces exude lushness and explore relevant themes including homesickness and greed. A few months ago he had his first solo show in the United States titled, "Tales of Caribbean Nights" at the Lyle O' Reitzel Gallery. We built custom hardwood stretchers and stretched canvas for the entire show which featured 13 pieces, many of them unpublished. 

The Jose Garcia Cordero canvas "Perro Rojo" stretched over a custom hardwood stretcher at Frames and Stretchers in the Lower East Side

Perro Rojo, the Cordero canvas we built a custom stretcher for and stretched.

 Frames and Stretcher with newly built custom hardwood stretcher and Jose Garcia Cordero canvas. 

Yvette with "El Orgullo", another Cordero piece we stretched.


Often, Cordero draws inspiration from Dominican folklore for his pieces. In an interview with Artnet News, he calls the folklore "simultaneously miserable and beautiful." Additionally, he cites European and Caribbean cultures as influencers in his work as well as the carnival.  Cordero has received many awards for his unique art and has shown his work all over the world. The French Senate granted him a Merit Award for his contribution to Latin American culture and he also received a "Gold Medal" in the two editions of the Caribbean Biennale Museum of Modern Art Santo Domingo. His work has been in museums including the Smithsonian and Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), as well as being shown in multiple international art fairs Context Miami, Art Basel, ArteBa and Scope.

A collage of "Tales of the Caribbean" the Jose Garcia Cordero show that Frames and Stretchers built custom stretchers for.

"Tales of Caribbean Nights" in its entirety. 


International Influences

José García Cordero is a thoughtful artist who draws upon his experiences in Paris and the Dominican Republic to create surreal masterpieces. To learn more about him and see more of his work, check out his profile page on Lyle O'Reitzel Gallery website. For a more in-depth look into his career, check out his Wall Street International interview where he talks about his first return to the Dominican Republic in 40 years.

 Jose Garcia Cordero and Frames and Stretcher co-founder Miguel Trelles holding up a finished piece.

Miguel and Jose Garia Cordero holding up a painting.

Posted in Clemente Building, custom framing, Dominican art, dominican artist, frames and stretchers, Jose Garcia Cordero, Lower East Side, stretcher, tri state area

Art and Colony: An Ongoing Conversation by Scherezade Garcia

Posted on December 17, 2016 by Erick Rios

Scherezade Garcia is a New Yorker born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. When her work came into our workshop it fascinated us with the themes and versatility. As a multidisciplinary visual artist of her artwork often centers around the history and results of colonialism. Currently, she is represented by Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery. 

The artwork of Scherezade Garcia being custom framed at Frames and Stretchers on the Lower East Side.

Yvette floating a Scherezade Garcia piece using Japanese paper and wheat paste.

After admiring her work, the next step was floating it. We floated Scherezade's work using Japanese paper and wheat paste and chose hardwood moldings to frame the art. A Scherezade Garcia canvas being stretched over a custom stretcher at Frames and Stretchers on the Lower East Side.

The large canvas we framed using our reclaimed wood floater frame.

For the canvas above, we used a special framing technique. Using a black floater frame we floated her canvas then stacked a reclaimed wood frame on top of the floater. This adds an element of dimension and space for the viewer.

The artwork of Scherezade Garcia being custom framed at Frames and Stretchers on the Lower East Side.

Scherezade's work is distinctive because of the collage of different materials she uses as well the use of gold pigmentation that resembles fire. She uses symbols like Mickey Mouse intertwined with tropical weather themes and cloudy pigments. To learn more about Scherezade and her multifaceted artwork, you can check out her website.

Art by Scherezade Garcia, an artist whose work has been framed at Frames and Stretchers on the Lower East Side.

A piece by Scherezade Garcia featuring tropical and western themes.

Posted in Clemente Building, custom framing, dominican artist, frames and stretchers, Lower East Side, lyle o reitzel, scherezade garcia, stretcher, tri state area