Nestor Gil’s Art Highlighted at Washington & Lee

Nestor Gil, the 2023 Karl Stirner artist in residence, smiles at an event.

Art by Nestor Gil, the 2023 Karl Stirner Arts Trail artist in residence, will be featured in an exhibition at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

The artwork Pa'rriba/pa'bajo (not far now) by Karl Stirner Arts Trail artist in residence Nestor Gil features a wooden paddle attached to a piece of fishing line that has butterflies through it.Titled Taller Workshop: RASTROS (lo que se hace al andar), the exhibition will run Nov. 1-Dec. 8, with a lecture and reception on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

“Working at the crossroads of sculpture, installation, and new media, Nestor Armando Gil’s creative practice poetically excavates his own personal history growing up the child of Cuban immigrants in the deep south,” notes the exhibition website. “For RASTROS (lo que se hace al andar), Gil is creating what he calls ‘an exhibition of traces,’ works that examine memory, loss, and ritual to ‘peel nostalgia’s skin back, carve out its fleshy interiors, and make room for critical remembering.’ … Taller Workshop refers to the rotating collective of maker-collaborators with whom Nestor ideates, processes, and produces work.

As KSAT artist in residence, Gil organized and led LaJiraGira, a community picnic in August that featured a walk along the trail, fun with a piñata, live music, and food provided by a local restaurant. He also took photos of participants’ blankets during the picnic in order to make prints from them and place them temporarily at strategic locations on the trail.

Associate professor of art at Lafayette College, Gil teaches studio art. He received a master’s of fine arts from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has lived in Florida, North Carolina, Maine, and Pennsylvania.

Learn more about Gil and his art.
Visit the Washington and Lee’s Taller Workshop webpage.