Don Voisine’s Restless Shapes

Don Voisine, “Center Square” (2021), oil on wood panel, 12 x 12 inches

Don Voisine is an exquisitely refined, planar geometric painter. He works in oil and acrylic on wood panels that range from 12-inch squares to horizontal rectangles measuring 53 by 80 inches, which is about the largest he can physically move on his own. Within the limits of his scale, which tends toward the intimate, and his reductive, hard-edged geometric vocabulary — I don’t recall ever seeing a curved form in the years that I have been following and writing about his work — he has explored difference and similarity in a way that brings to mind the music of Philip Glass and Terry Riley. Geometric forms that are opaque and transparent, distinct and nuanced, cold and hot, brushed and smooth populate his sensuously restrained paintings. Within these parameters, he has broadened his possibilities incrementally, like a climber scaling a steep mountain with no obvious or visible passage. 

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@peepso_user_22(Jay Zerbe)
this is a really good article. i'm not a huge fan of hard-edge abstraction, although i follow Voisine's work on facebook. but John Yau's descriptions make a huge difference in understanding the subtleties of the work.
1 year ago