Marcelo Novo (Argentina) TRIVIAL SURREALITIES/SURREALIDADES TRIVIALES
April 10 - 30. 2018
Opening: Tuesday, April 10, 6-8 pm
"Like a musician playing by ear and improvising as he goes, my art begins not with cautious preliminary sketches but working directly on the chosen surface and completing a work in one sitting. When I begin, I never know what will manifest itself. I start by doodling and when I feel as though things are happening, I follow. Whatever is in my mind must go through my arm, my hand, so to avoid interference I choose materials that let me work quickly. When finished, I don't go back and re-work it. This approach allows a more spontaneous and intuitive way of creating art.
My art has its roots in Surrealism, a movement that believes art holds the key to unlock the inner workings of the mind and reveals aspects of the psyche otherwise hidden. Diverse recurrent symbols appear in my work as manifestations of my life experiences, some of which are closely related to my cultural heritage and my life in Buenos Aires. As I mark 25 years in the US, my work's imagery continues to evolve, reflecting my identity in two cultures and my experience in many places.
Trivial Surrealities is a collection of works from my Contrast and Gray Series. The images are related to simple objects and things from everyday life depicted out of context or tweaked in a certain way. The imagery gives a glimpse of a moment in this artists life in which the line between the subconscious and conscious mind blurs."
Born in Buenos Aires, Novo now lives and works in the DC Metro area. He graduated from Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, received a master's degree from the University of South Carolina (SC) and taught art at Benedict College. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the US and abroad, including Centro Cultural Recoleta, in Buenos Aires, Cinque Gallery in NYC, the Museum of Latin American Art, CA, and the Embassy of Argentina in Washington, DC. Novo's work is in numerous collections, including the SC State Arts Collection, the Contemporary Carolinas Collection of the Medical University of SC, and the White House Christmas Ornaments Collection. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, received grants from the SC Arts Commission, and was a scholar-in-residence in the Faculty Resource Network Program at NYU.