Peppermint - geometric abstraction

Concerns, themes, etc.:

Architecture – a language of space – delineates boundaries, exposes points of access, exit or entry, and enables the user to interact with the structure of a defined space. This simple vernacular of architecture informs my paintings. Working with symmetry and a standardized format to reduce variables, I establish borders on all planes. Color activates an apparent void; a reflective surface opens a window into the painting, both mirroring and obscuring the view. Such devices restrict and ultimately reveal the interior spaces, establishing a fluid subjectivity between the viewer and the work.

My earlier paintings were about limits, restrictions, and controlled access. With the introduction of more complex angles, the space becomes charged, resonating with implied speed, curve and thrust. These interactions seem to extend beyond the edges of the picture plane, shifting perceptions of scale and perspective.

I try to counter my own expectations, juxtaposing unlike elements to create an active visual field. Compositional elements: space, light, color, and form, combine with the perception of the viewer to create an individual and particular experience.

Evolution of the work:

Years ago I began working with imagery derived from floor plans of places I lived in or worked in. Over time the paintings became more and more geometrically structured and less about a specific place. My work evolved slowly through repeated explorations of variations and form. I don’t work in series per se but continually on a number of paintings at once with ideas feeding individual paintings back and forth. Certain features may begin to appear sporadically but a year later those features may have become the prominent areas that the work is exploring. It’s a long slow back and forth, a give-and-take that isn’t always linear.

In 2006, in addition to working on wood panels, I began painting on small chunks of Styrofoam boards. Although I use the same type of imagery on both substrates, wood or foam, the Styrofoam paintings maintain a funkier edge, with perhaps less gravitas, and convey a quality of humor not associated with rigorous geometric forms. Each material, foam or wood, generates ideas for the other.

SOLO and TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2016
Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, ME “X/V,” (catalogue)
dr. julius | ap galerie, Berlin, Germany “Black Out: Don Voisine – Jan Maarten Voskuil”
Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, NY

2015
McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY
Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO

2014
Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Cary Smith – Don Voisine” (catalogue)
Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Fred Giampietro Gallery , New Haven, CT

2013
MAT/tam 20, Spazio Isolo, Verona, Italy
dr. julius | ap galerie, Berlin, Germany “Criss Cross Straight Across: Gilbert Hsiao and Don Voisine”
McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY

2012
Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Miami, FL

2011
McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY
Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME

2010
New Arts Program Exhibition Space, Kutztown, PA
Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA
Reading Area Community College, Reading, PA

2009
McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY (catalogue)
Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008
Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME

2006
Abaton Garage, Jersey City, NJ
Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY

2005
Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME

1998
Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, ME

1990
Deson Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL

1988
Art Gallery, Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY “Don Voisine, Katherine Bradford”

1987
Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, IL

1985
Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
22 Wooster Gallery, New York, NY

1982
Moming Arts Center, Chicago, IL

1980
80 Papers, New York, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016
Chromatic Space, Shirley Fiterman Art Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, NY
Group Exhibition, Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME
Fiction (With Only Daylight BetweenUs) v.2, Corridor Projects, Dayton, Ohio.
B&W Project/NYC, Transmitter, Brooklyn, NY
Boundary Issues, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Construction Site, McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY
Ten Ways – American Abstract Artists, dr. julius | ap galerie, Berlin, Germany
traveled to RCM Galerie, Paris, France (catalogue)
Method Order Metric, National Academy Museum, New York, NY
Visible Histories, Morris-Warren Gallery, New York, NY
2016 Accrochage +, dr. julius | ap galerie, Berlin, Germany
The Onward of Art: American Abstract Artists 80th Anniversary Exhibition,
1285 Avenue of the Americas Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
Geometrix: Line, Form, Subversion, Curator’s Office @Gallery 2112, Washington, D.C.
New Geometry, Fred Giampietro Gallery , New Haven, CT
Artists of the Year, The Curator Gallery, New York, NY

2015
Intimacy in Discourse – Unreasonable Sized Paintings, School of Visual Arts Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY
Minimax, Bullet Space, New York, NY
The Thing Itself, The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ
Concrete Post 3, raum2810, Bonn, Germany
Summer Group Exhibition, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Summer Group Exhibition, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Ten Ways – American Abstract Artists, Derbylius Libreria Galleria d’Arte,
Milan, Italy; traveled to Clement & Schneider, Bonn, Germany (catalogue)
Full Tilt, Novella Gallery, New York, NY
Some Assembly Required, The Curator Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)

2014-15
Sensory Impact, Morgan Stanley, Purchase, NY

2014
Black Paintings, Po Kim Studio, New York, NY
Un-bound-ed, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
173 East 94th Street – Chauseé de Waterloo 550, Middlemarch, Brussels, Belgium
Ellipse, a partial inventory from the West, a3 gallery, Moscow, Russia
Doppler Shift, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ (catalogue)
Group Show, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Summer Formal, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Reductions, City Ice Arts, Kansas City, MO
To Leo, A Tribute from the American Abstract Artists, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Beyond Measure, SEABA Center Gallery, Burlington, VT
Off Line On Mark, Parallel Art Space, Ridgewood, NY
30/30 Image Archive Project (IAP) A Collective Collection, AB Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland
Private View, by Appointment. Accrochage +, dr. julius | ap galerie, Berlin, Germany
Paperazzi 3, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Simplest Means, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY

About Don Voisine

Abstract painter Don Voisine creates hard-edged compositions of graphic swaths of black oil paint, variously applied to wood panels and Styrofoam. Working within these limits, he has created a seemingly unending language of overlapping geometric forms. “Years ago, I began working with imagery derived from floor plans of places I lived in or worked in,” Voisine has said. “Over time the paintings became more and more geometrically structured and less about a specific place.” In their clean minimalism, the works call to mind the sculpture of other New York artists Carl Andre and Richard Serra, as well as the work of painters Kasimir Malevich and Ad Reinhardt.

American, b. 1976, Fort Kent, Maine, based in Brooklyn, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

2014
Don Voisine, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery, New Haven

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
New Geometry, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery, New Haven
2015
Summer Group Show, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach