Magazine article Southwest Art

Realizing Humanity

Magazine article Southwest Art

Realizing Humanity

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Canyon Road Contemporary Art, June 8-18

FIGURATIVE ART takes center stage in Canyon Road Contemporary Art's first Realizing Humanity Show. The show features three diverse artists whose work focuses on the human figure: Lance Green, Mark Horst, and Pablo Perea. The show opens with an artists' reception on June 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. and continues through June 18.

Albuquerque artist Mark Horst takes a painterly approach in his provocative figurative work. "It's not portraiture in the recognizable sense. I want to evoke something deeper," he says. "I'm interested in the distortions of photography." Horst uses photographs as a basis for his oil paintings depicting faces, bodies in motion, couples embracing, and bodies at rest. "I paint the figure as an invitation to explore the world and ourselves - our light, our shadows, and our incompleteness," he explains. "I try to create images that invite reflection and exploration in the viewer."

Santa Fe artist Pablo Perea was bom in Cuba, and his colorful mixed-media canvases show the influence of such Cuban painters as Servando Cabrera Moreno and Victor Manuel. "For the past 20 years, my entire body of work has focused on female figures," says Perea. One female figure, to be exact: He uses the image of the same woman in each of his vibrant paintings. "I created a completely new person," he says, "and 1 use her as a symbol of all human beings. She's you, me, and everyone out there."

For the Realizing Humanity Show, Perea has amassed expressive canvases in which his female creation has special meaning. …

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