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Exhibition of new paintings by Brooklyn artist Don Voisine opens at McKenzie Fine Art
Step To, 2013. Oil on wood panel, 44 x 44 inches.

NEW YORK, NY.- McKenzie Fine Art announces an exhibition of new paintings by Brooklyn artist Don Voisine, opened on Friday, May 3rd, and running through Sunday, June 9, 2013. This is the artist's third solo exhibition with the gallery.

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 don’t 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 has been exhibiting his work nationally and internationally since the 1970s. Recent exhibitions include group shows at the National Academy Museum in New York, the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA, the Hôtel de Sauroy in Paris, Galerie Lindner in Vienna, as well as solo exhibitions at Alejandra von Hartz Gallery in Miami and Gregory Lind Gallery in San Francisco.

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