June 29, 2018

May 26, 2018

portraiture, old age and public art

I'm just thinking about how the new mural features this portrait of an elderly woman from the University Heights neighborhood. When I first started painting, I did several portraits of older people. I've always loved Tiepollo's etchings of old men and Rembrandt's astonishing portraits of the elderly. But the galleries I worked with could never do anything with this work of mine. Public art, when you have a chance to do it, seems like a good place to include the spectrum of human experience.

the mural in process

So often I find myself in love with the simple shapes that begin to suggest figuration, but leave so much to the eye. I wonder if there could be a mural that uses imagery that only goes this far?

if it weren't for yogurt containers there would be no murals...

August 6, 2017

"ever I saw your face" interactive portrait installation

A video installation on Central Avenue in downtown Albuquerque. Using our phones we photograph willing subjects and project their digitally altered portraits onto unoccupied buildings.

Our digital manipulation of the photos allows us to give each portrait a kind of narrative arc: as we watch, images emerge out of the darkness and are consumed in light.

The rotating portraits not only create a visually compelling gallery of downtown’s diversity and richness, they invite us to see one another. In this way, the project functions as an antidote to fear. When we are afraid we tend to stop looking, stop making eye contact; we pull back; we look away. This installation encourages looking; it engages people. It nurtures a sense of community in which everyone has a place.

As if we are seeing our faces for the first time.

a little book on drawing

Here's a little book on drawing that includes several of my drawings.

September 13, 2016

something new

mark horst "all these things no. 10" oil in canvas. 30" x 30" 2016


October 18, 2015

August 28, 2015

you must have a room...

"You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen."

Joseph Campbell on having a “bliss station,“ in The Power of Myth [via Austin Kleon]

August 3, 2015

juried show--east end arts, August 2015

"here in this place, we flesh no. 1" 24 x 24" oil on canvas

so I don't enter too many of these painting competition things, but here's one I did.
4th National Juried Exhibition East End Arts

about me

My photo

These studio notes are scraps of poetry and ideas that feed my work as a painter. I hope they establish a bit of context for the paintings and my intention in making them. Whatever I paint, I’m trying to create some space for us to sit with the questions that are not meant to be answered.