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Albuquerque IQ review by Katherine Oostman, June 25, 2014

Mark Horst: Figures and More
Wednesday, 25 June 2014

By Katherine Oostman

The ability to see comes from light reflecting off surfaces, entering the eye and twisting together until the brain recognizes a shape and assigns it a name and use. Mark Horst uses this anatomical phenomenon and translates it into his vision as a painter.
The internationally known artist has been presenting exhibits featuring confident colors, candid figures and simple situations since 2007. Each piece resembles distorted photography as Horst creates perspective from the light and shapes what the eye absorbs, leaving room for his viewer’s brain to decide how the image and its elements fit into the world. 
“I paint the way I see — which is always incomplete and in process,” Horst says in his artist statement. “The more I look, the more there is to observe. The world opens up and flowers; the mud takes form.”
Just as light enters into the eye and reveals shape, Horst’s art takes the light, creates shape and reveals beauty.