Vermont artist to watch Nava appearing at stART Space


MANCHESTER — On Saturday, August 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at stART Space in Manchester, all are welcome to meet Vermont Art Guide's 2018 "Artist-to-Watch" Rodrigo Nava, who teaches figure drawing and sculpture at the Wendell Art studio at Putney School.

Nava, whose work has been displayed during the abstract art gallery's summer show, grew up just outside of Mexico City where, as he likes to say, "You couldn't kick the soil without finding an archaeological object". This inspired a love of the object as artifact. "They gain their experience and then they just are."

For the past decade, Nava has worked on a series of sculptures made of welded sheet metal — geometric forms that may appear flat, or intentionally three-dimensional at first, but through a controlled "proprietary" explosive process in which the forms are filled with accelerants and ignited, he creates "expanded forms" that bulge, pucker and may even burst at the seams. "The fact that the explosion pushes the sides out to their maximum extent actually makes the form stronger," says Nava.

Nava has recently received several high-profile commissions. One of them, commissioned through the public art program at Stapleton, a planned community at the abandoned Denver airport in Colorado, is called the Wind Gate Art Suite. It's composed of three distinct groupings of sculptures made of Cor-Ten steel forms. The tallest of these groupings is 8 feet high, a series of inverted V's lined up to point to the sunrise (First Light).

Miniature scaled models of Wind Gate, used by Nava for his presentation, will be revealed at the "Meet Rodrigo Nava" event and wil be available for sale as a group, or individually.

StART Space, located at 263 Depot St. in Manchester, is an abstract art gallery. The Summer Show 2018 runs through Saturday, Sept.. 1 and features works from 17 artists and includes paintings, sculpture, collage, photography, digital and multi-media artwork. For more information visit, or For further information and hours; contact the gallery by email at or by calling 802-768-8498.



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