DON VOISINE: 2008 – 2012
True to its goal of expanding the relationship and mutual exchange of globalized contemporary art, Alejandra von Hartz Gallery is pleased to present two solo exhibitions that bring together two artists that approach abstract painting from different perspectives. An opening reception for the artists is scheduled for Friday 10, February 2012, from 6-9pm.
Don Voisine’ reductive and “hard edged” paintings are informed by Architecture, in his own words: “a language of space that delineates boundaries, exposes points of access, exit or entry, and enables the user to interact with the structure of a defined space.”
Years ago, Voisine began working with imagery derived from floor plans of the places he lived or worked in. Over time, the paintings became more and more geometrically structured and less about a specific place. While taking into consideration ideas related to architecture, the pieces remain firmly two dimensional.
The work evolved slowly through the repeated explorations of variations and forms. Voisine works continually on a number of paintings at once with ideas feeding the individual works in a long slow back and forth, a give-and-take that isn’t always linear.
Although his earlier paintings are about limits, restrictions, and controlled accesses; in more recent work, he tries to counter his own expectations, juxtaposing unlike elements to create an active field. Compositional elements: space, light, form, and in particular color, are essentials in his works, “combining with the perception of the viewer to create an individual and particular experience.”
Voisine has been exhibiting his work nationally and internationally for over three decades. Recent shows and activities include: American Abstract Artists International, 75th Anniversary 1936-2011, The Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational in New York, and The Portland Museum of Art Biennial in Maine, parisCONCRET, Paris, France (2012), FutureShock OneTwo, dr. julius | ap, Berlin, Germany (catalogue available), (2012), Dana Bell / Alasdair Duncan / Don Voisine, Theodore:Art , Brooklyn, NY (2012).
His works are included in many institutional collections, amongst them the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH, the National Academy Museum, New York, NY, Neuberger Berman, New York, NY and most recently entered in the Corcoran Gallery of Art , Washington, DC.
Voisine has received awards from Hassam, Speicher Betts and Symonds Fund Purchase Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York (2011); the Portland Museum of Art Biennial Purchase Prize, ME (2011), the Henry Ward Ranger Fund Purchase Award, National Academy Museum, New York (2008), and the Artist’s Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts (2006), just to mention some. His work has been reviewed in Art Ltd. Magazine, Artnews, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, Joanne Mattera Art Blog, The New York Sun, The New York Times, and many other publications.
Since 2004 he is the president of the American Abstract Artists, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and in 2010 was elected National Academician, National Academy of Design, New York. He lives and works in NYC.
Don Voisine’s first exhibition at Alejandra von Hartz Gallery will feature selected works from 2008 to 2012.