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  Don Voisine
 May 3 - June 9, 2019
 

Don Voisine creates hard-edged, geometric abstract paintings, predominately in oil on wood panels. In his compositions, rectilinear planes cross and overlap, or lie adjacent to each other. They are tautly painted, with smooth surfaces in matte and glossy tones of black, ultramarine blue, and occasionally, reds and creams. The forms are generally set against lighter fields of color or subtly contrasting darker fields. They are flanked at the top and bottom or the sides by equal-sized bands of contrasting color. Voisine achieves subtle variations in his blacks through the use of undercolors and glazes, and he has expanded his investigation of ultramarine and indigo blue. Overall, his use of color is noticeably brighter and more varied in this exhibition, especially in the intensity and saturation of colors in the flanking bands – vibrant reds, bright yellows, rich purples, warmly-tinged whites and creams – which frame the interior space of the compositions. The bands are frequently accentuated by even narrower lines of color, imparting an optical charge as they zip across or up and down.
 
Voisine’s geometric forms occupy an architectonic, sculptural space, sometimes shallow, sometimes deep and expansive. He creates movement in the work using contrasting finishes, which give the appearance that forms are moving forward or receding. The play of light on expanses of directional brushwork creates volume, weight, and depth. Overlapping rectangular shapes often appear to tilt or swing in space, creating tension by disrupting the axis of the composition. While many of the shapes in his paintings are set in symmetrical arrangements, asymmetry often comes into play in both the shape of the forms themselves, as well as in the way they rest on their grounds.
 
Voisine notes that his paintings “strive for diversity within formal rigor, a focused meditative experience though active compositions.” Employing his carefully reductive visual language and format, Voisine has created a remarkable range of pictorial investigation into shape, color and space. His refined paintings feel monumental, even dramatic, no matter their scale, and are always lively.
 
 
The Conversation, 2019
Oil and acrylic on wood panel
32 x 32 inches

Three Act, 2019
Oil on wood panel
40 x 60 inches

Sideways Down, 2019
Oil on wood panel
50 x 40 inches
 
Travere, 2018
Oil on wood panel
24 x 16 inches

Pan Out, 2019
Oil on wood panel
24 x 24 inches

Orange Zip, 2019
Oil and acrylic on wood panel
40 x 40 inches
 
Leveler, 2019
Oil and acrylic on wood panel
24 x 20 inches

Wall, 2019
Oil on wood panel
30 x 24 inches

Gnomon, 2019
Oil on wood panel
30 x 24 inches
 
Spencertown, 2018-19
Oil on wood panel
30 x 22 inches

Warning, 2019
Oil on wood panel
18 x 24 inches

Outside, 2019
Oil and acrylic on wood panel
24 x 24 inches
 
Blue Bell, 2019
Oil and acrylic on wood panel
16 x 14 inches

Overboard, 2018
Oil on wood panel
18 x 18 inches

Wide Right, 2019
Oil on wood panel
12 x 12 inches
 
Blue Beam, 2019
Oil on wood panel
14 x 14 inches

A Small Conversation, 2019
Oil and acrylic on wood panel
12 x 12 inches
 
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