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  Don Voisine
 May 3 - June 9, 2013
 

Don Voisine is well known for his hard-edged abstractions executed in oil on wood panels. His works explore the seemingly limitless possibilities of a standard format of overlapping geometric fields of black set against light grounds, bracketed by bands of color. Narrow colored stripes are sometimes added next to the bands, creating movement and additional contrast. The black geometric fields, sometimes rectilinear, sometimes irregular, are set atop one another, differentiated by the use of matte and glossy textures, as well as by directional brushwork. The black fields and colored bands are laid over neutral grounds ranging from cool, icy whites to creamy, warm tones.
 
In his new work there is a strong feeling of containment, as many of the colored bands are situated left and right as opposed to top and bottom. This format enhances a feeling of compression in the compositions. In some, matte black border bands have been added, creating an all-around framework. The central black fields occasionally overlap the black borders, appearing to step outside the framework of the composition. In the new work, the colored bands have become more vivid and intense in palette, and there is a distinct shift away from muted tones. The twisting and crossing black geometric fields of the earlier work have been abandoned in favor of a greater irregularity in the newer paintings, but the tension between angled edges and the underlying sense of movement remain. Some of the black fields are playfully suggestive: swinging doors and walking figures spring to mind. The artist employs a diptych format in several paintings, creating rhythms back and forth, like a paired dance. In some, symmetry is retained even though the forms donít mirror one another exactly. Throughout, with a deceptively reductive abstract vocabulary, Voisine mines the manifold possibilities of his format and creates taut, muscular, and elegant compositions with rich surface textures and complex inner tensions.
 
 
Step To, 2013
Oil on wood panel
44 x 44 inches

Till, 2013
Oil on wood panel
Diptych, 44 x 46 inches each panel

Tumble, 2011-12
Oil on wood panel
60 x 32 inches
 
Mesa, 2013
Oil on wood panel
20 x 60 inches

View, 2013
Oil on wood panel
32 x 32 inches

Tip, 2013
Oil on wood panel
24 x 44 inches
 
Divide, 2013
Oil on wood panel
29 x 24 inches

Peg, 2013
Oil on wood panel
26 x 22 inches

Heed, 2012
Oil on wood panel
28 x 22 inches
 
Lean, 2013
Oil on wood panel
19 x 19 inches

Rook, 2013
Oil on wood panel
27 x 17 inches

Hull, 2013
Oil on wood panel
14 x 26 inches
 
Stride, 2013
Oil and flasche on wood panel
12 x 12 inches

Dragon Spine, 2013
Oil on wood panel
11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Rickshaw, 2013
Oil on wood panel
16 x 12 inches
 
Dub Step, 2013
Oil and flasche on wood panel
11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches
 
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