Voisine's decisions are not merely personal, but also introspective to a degree that gives his work a transcendent feeling that it is possible to be awake to one's surroundings. We come to any show hoping for an encounter that will bring us to a sense of deep communion with a consciousness outside our own — it is the reason we learn to look at art, the same way we learn to listen to music. We expect a level of commitment to excellence, and rarely find it. Looking at a show of Voisine's paintings restores our faith that a high level of excellence can still be achieved, and the enterprise of art itself has a special human value all its own.

Ken Greenleaf can be reached atken.greenleaf@gmail.com.

"DON VOISINE: NEW PAINTINGS" | at Icon Contemporary Art, 19 Mason St, Brunswick | through October 15 | 207.725.8157

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