Robert Nava: Thunderbolt Disco




Pace Gallery presents Thunderbolt Disco, Robert Nava’s first exhibition in the UK. Taking over the entirety of Pace’s Hanover Square gallery, this exhibition showcases new paintings by the American artist in his distinctive visual lexicon of fantastical characters and forms.

After receiving his MFA in Painting at Yale University in 2011, Nava dedicated his practice to developing a unique cast of characters that occupy his paintings. Nava draws from a diverse array of visual and conceptual sources that include mythology, philosophy, religion, and ancient history as well as video games, monsters, and the animal kingdom. Of his work he has stated, ‘I wanted to return to my childhood interests. I wanted to see these fabled creatures in my studio. I’m interested in a new kind of mythmaking, even though there are no real stories behind them yet. It opened up a world of imagination while preserving a childlike drive.’ Nava’s rejection of the constructed boundaries that separate ‘high’ and ‘low’ art forms the core of his approach to painting. His work refers to the legacies of artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jean Dubuffet, and Cy Twombly, who also favored a more gestural, imaginative, and energetically raw style of working.

Nava’s metamorphic creatures are bold and imposing as they fill the canvas and blend into one another, opening a window to the artist’s inner world of imagination. The bedrock of Nava’s practice is drawing, a daily ritual for the artist. From these sketches, he translates his creatures onto canvas in his signature combination of acrylic and grease pencil. As the exhibition’s playfully irreverent title suggests, these paintings resist easy classification, in the artist’s words, ‘if you remove meaning, feeling gets a chance to raise its hand higher.’

Thunderbolt Disco features new paintings made over the past two years, including Nava’s largest paintings to date. At the core of these works are ideas of conflict and transformation.

Duration 13 May 2022 - 25 June 2022
Times Tuesday: 10 AM – 5 PM Wednesday: 10 AM – 4 PM Thursday: 10 AM – 6 PM Friday: 10 AM – 6 PM Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Cost Free
Venue Pace London
Address 5 Hanover Square, London, W1S 1HD
Contact 4402032067600 / londoninfo@pacegallery.com / www.pacegallery.com

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