Abstract Minimalist Robert Novel Debuts ‘Translation Not Required’ Exhibition at Georgetown’s P Street Gallerie

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Georgetown’s P Street Gallerie is pleased to present its latest show — Translation Not Required, a collection of artist Robert Novel’s meditations on geometric forms in the natural and manmade worlds.

Georgetown’s P Street Gallerie is pleased to present its latest show — Translation Not Required, a collection of artist Robert Novel’s meditations on geometric forms in the natural and manmade worlds. As the show’s title suggests, Novel’s approach is a reference to the simple language of his work and its capacity to present the complexity of both the natural and manmade worlds in a fashion whose minimalist immediacy will be accessible to almost any viewer.

Novel is excited to present his latest body of work at the P Street Gallerie, at 3235 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20007. The opening reception for Translation Not Required will be held on Friday, September 18, 2015 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., and the exhibition runs through October 24.

Novel uses the juxtaposition and opposition of shape, color and shadow to create an effect that can be both playful and provocative. His work invites viewers' reflections on how these ever present features of our worlds — both the one humanity inherited and the one we we’ve created — can engage, intrigue and inspire our eyes, hearts, and minds.

Novel is a native New Yorker currently living and working in the nation’s capital. He has been involved in working in the visual arts since the late 1960’s and has studied painting and printmaking in both New York City and Washington, DC. He attended continuing education classes at the School of Visual Arts in New York City where he studied painting and drawing. At the Printmakers Workshop in Washington, DC, he studied all forms of printmaking. In 1974, he participated in Art Now at the renowned Kennedy Center in Washington, DC where he collaborated with California artist Robert Irwin on the installation of a site-specific piece. The following year, in 1975, he had a solo show at Hard Art Gallery in Washington, DC displaying sculpture and video art. In 1976, he participated as a member of the Sponsors Committee for the opening of P.S. 1 in Long Island City, New York. Novel’s most recent work has been shown in commercial venues throughout Washington, DC and his work is in the private collections of a number of prominent Washingtonians.

P Street Gallerie owner Lisa C. Brown is a California native who since childhood has had a passion for art and its unique capacity to transcend the bounds of culture, geography and socioeconomic status to uplift and transform those who experience it. P Street Gallerie is the fulfillment of her lifelong dream of opening an art gallery. At P Street Gallerie - previously home to another art gallery for more than 30 years - Brown brings the talents and inspiration of a diverse mix of local and national emerging artists to D.C. art enthusiasts and novices alike.

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