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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.
 
  Don Voisine, Step To
Step To, 2013
Oil on wood panel
44 x 44 inches
Don Voisine, Till
Till, 2013
Oil on wood panel
Diptych, 44 x 46 inches each panel
Don Voisine, Tumble
Tumble, 2011-12
Oil on wood panel
60 x 32 inches
  Don Voisine, Mesa
Mesa, 2013
Oil on wood panel
20 x 60 inches
Don Voisine, View
View, 2013
Oil on wood panel
32 x 32 inches
Don Voisine, Tip
Tip, 2013
Oil on wood panel
24 x 44 inches
  Don Voisine, Divide
Divide, 2013
Oil on wood panel
29 x 24 inches
Don Voisine, Peg
Peg, 2013
Oil on wood panel
26 x 22 inches
Don Voisine, Heed
Heed, 2012
Oil on wood panel
28 x 22 inches
  Don Voisine, Lean
Lean, 2013
Oil on wood panel
19 x 19 inches
Don Voisine, Rook
Rook, 2013
Oil on wood panel
27 x 17 inches
Don Voisine, Hull
Hull, 2013
Oil on wood panel
14 x 26 inches
  Don Voisine,
Stride, 2013
Oil and flasche on wood panel
12 x 12 inches
Don Voisine, Dragon Spine
Dragon Spine, 2013
Oil on wood panel
11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches
Don Voisine, Rickshaw
Rickshaw, 2013
Oil on wood panel
16 x 12 inches
  Don Voisine, Dub Step
Dub Step, 2013
Oil and flasche on wood panel
11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches
  Don Voisine, 2013 installation 1
Installation view
Don Voisine, 2013 installation 2
Installation view
Don Voisine, 2013 installation 3
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  Don Voisine, 2013 installation 4
Installation view
Don Voisine, 2013 installation 5
Installation view
Don Voisine, 2013 installation 6
Installation view
  Don Voisine, 2013 installation 7
Installation view
Don Voisine, 2013 installation 8
Installation view
Don Voisine, 2013 installation 9
Installation view
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