BIOOriginally from Mexico City, Gabriel Dawe createssite-specific installations that explore theconnection between fashion and architecture,and how they relate to the human need for shelterin all its shapes and forms. His work is centered inthe exploration of textiles, aiming to examine thecomplicated construction of gender and identityin his native Mexico and attempting to subvert thenotions of masculinity and machismo prevalent inthe present day. His work has been exhibited inthe US, Canada, Belgium, and the UK. After livingin Montreal, Canada for 7 years, he moved toDallas, Texas, where he obtained his MFA at theUniversity of Texas at Dallas. For the final two yearsof his degree, he was an artist in residence atCentralTrak, the Artist in Residency program atUTD. His work has been featured in numerouspublications around the world, including Sculpturemagazine, the cover of the 12th of ArtFundamentals.
Growing up as a boy in Mexico, Gabriel Dawe was forbidden to explore the artistic elements of textiles and embroidery, an area thought to be reserved for women. Nevertheless, the color and intensity of Mexican culture began to appear in his artwork after moving to Montreal in 2000. Now based out of Texas, the mixed media artist has made a career out of the mind- bending thread installations that compose the "Plexus" series.Citing artist Anish Kapoor as a major influence, Dawe creates complex, colorful and often vertigo-inducing spatial structures, which are meant to evoke the invisible forces that shape our existence—such as social norms and expectations—and to draw our attention to the invisible order amidst the chaos of life. On a much more superficial level, the installations are visually beautiful, and seem to make the intangible visible.
The density of light “My work consists of devising the arrangement of the structure Im going to make with the thread. These installations are site-specific, which means that every new installation has to be created for that particular space. They also have to be done in the space itself, which means that I cannot create them in advance and then transport it.” www.youtube.com/.webloc
“Pain series”“My challenge against machismo was muchmore obvious when I started to work withembroidery which was expressly forbidden tome as a boy. It is also very present in some ofmy work within the "Pain" series, where Ideconstruct pieces of clothing and I coverthem with pins. As my work has evolved, Ivecontinued with that thought in mind, but in amore broader sense, exploring socialconstructs of gender and how we constantlydeal with them on a day to day basis.”
Plexus “For Plexus no. 13, Im doing three intersecting structures, similar to No. 6, but with three big differences: the proportions are much different; the placement of the wooden structures, which are at a different angles; and the color sequence. Plexus no. 14 will be a take on one of my very first ideas, which until now I hadnt had a chance to try.” “Very early on in the series, the idea of light became an intrinsic part of these installations. Because I use regular sewing thread on an architectural scale, the structures created are ethereal and diaphanous. I think of them as existing in a space between the material and the immaterial; or like some sort of alchemical experiment where I attempt to materialize light. “