Abstract Painting on the LES

Bob Zoell, No title, c. 1998, enamel on metal, 9 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 3/4 inches (court
Bob Zoell, No title, c. 1998, enamel on metal, 9 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 3/4 inches (courtesy of Rachel Uffner Gallery)

Xico Greenwald reviews two abstract painting shows on the Lower East Side: Don Voisine at McKenzie Fine Art (through June 9) and Bob Zoell/Wyatt Kahn at Rachel Uffner Gallery (through June 2).

Greenwald writes that Voisine's "oil-on-wood abstractions here have fastidious surfaces, harmoniously combining glossy, matte and semi-reflective graphite finishes... [Zoell] "crosses out words with colored blocks and then transfers the geometric compositions to metal supports where small paintings are made with high-gloss enamel..." Kahn's works, Greenwald continues, "are assembled shapes of delicately tinted panels stretched over with raw canvas. The works are arranged into bulging, wobbly rectangles with the finesse of an expert mason."