‘Alex Voinez / Rick Lazes: 3 Seconds After Lift Off’ to Open at Fremin Gallery




Alex Voinea AV 866, 2022.  Acrylic on Canvas. 47 x 47 x 2 in/119.4 x 119.4 x 5.1 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Fremin Gallery

“3 Seconds After Lift Off“, featuring the works of two emerging artists, Romanian born painter ALEX VOINEA and American sculptor RICK LAZES is the coalition of the two artists, resulting in the creation of a consequential and eruptive exhibition at Fremin Gallery. Alex Voinea / Rick Lazes: 3 Seconds After Lift Off will be on view from March 2 to April 1, 2023.

Alex Voinea, AV 881, ca 2023. Acrylic on Canvas. 59 x 59 x 2 in./149.9 x 149.9 x 5.1 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Fremin Gallery.

Alex Voinea‘s work can be viewed as a study of contrasts, the interplay of control and precision versus serendipity that evolves and mutates into a free expression of emotion splashed on the canvas in brilliant displays of color and form.

Fading backgrounds create depth and perspective in his abstract work, but with an almost hyper-realist definition in which Alex transmits a vibrancy of motion and fluidity to his paintings; bursts of color that result in happy accidents where proportionality and constraint give way to the actual experience of freedom created by the artist and experienced by the viewer. Drippings, brushstrokes and various effects, done with a surprising assuredness of execution, without a trace of hesitation, coexist on a same surface creating a rich universe, one that is organic, rhythmic and alive.

Initially inspired by experiments with liquid paint on vibrating surfaces, Voinea’s intention throughout his various recent series of abstract works has remained the same, to capture and freeze a vibrant and colorful moment in time and space. Voinea consistently expresses his passionate and inquisitive character in his colorful abstract paintings, adventurous works that push the bounds of creativity with experimentation, brilliant colors and striking forms. Voinea’s oeuvre, in summary, is visceral, striking and powerful, living and organic.

Alex Voinea’s paintings have been exhibited and admired throughout Europe and the United States, including in Brussels, Paris, Milan, London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, New York and Los Angeles.

Rick Lazes, Tetrangle, 2022. Hand Molded Styrene. 40 x 40 x 13in/ 101.6 x 101.6 x 7.6 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Fremin Gallery

Rick Lazes is a three dimensional artist who works in a variety of media including wood, plaster, stainless steel, glass, plexiglass, and marble. Lazes’ first studio was heated by a coal potbelly stove on a West Virginia mountaintop, where he spent much of his time trying to stay warm while crafting his sculpture. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, today Lazes lives and works on Lake Norman near Charlotte, North Carolina.

Lazes’ series features works that are reverse painted on acrylic panels, which are oven-heated and shaped by hand, and works in stainless steel that are laser cut, shaped, and polished by hand. Each piece is a unique emotional statement complete with the varied dynamics of a musical composition. Rick’s compositions invites the viewer to contemplate both utility of purpose and transformation of form over time.

Rick Lazes, Pierce, 2022. Powder Coated Stainless Steel. 77 x 16 x 16 in/195.6 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Fremin Gallery

Alex Voinea / Rick Lazes: 3 Seconds After Lift Off will be on view from March 2 to April 1, 2023 at Fremin Gallery, 520 West 23rd Street. An Opening Reception will be held on March 2nd at 6:00pm.