In the middle gallery for exhibition 56 we are showing eight new works by New York painter Michael Voss, his second solo with the gallery. Born in Brazil of German parents, Voss attended the Akademie der Bildenen Künste in Munich and received his MFA from Hunter College of the City University of New York. He lives in Manhattan and shares a studio in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn with his wife, artist Lael Marshall.
Voss continues to hone his modestly scaled, iconic abstraction, oils on linen typically in two or three colors. A physical description of Voss's work does little to convey the source of their fascination. Rather than coming across as provisional, as does much pared down gestural painting at this size, they seem to record the trace of their own path toward a convincing resolve, a coming into focus that settles on a commitment one perceives as being the least adjustable solution. In the past I've described them as plate tectonics. The sensitivity of Voss's touch is even more apparent in the new work, and the strength of character with which he arrives at a mediated settlement.
Copies of the catalog produced for Voss's last show with essay by New York critic Carter Ratcliff are available. The exhibition will be on view at George Lawson Gallery from June 1 - July 16, 2016. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, June 4, from 4 - 6 pm.