Gabriel Dawe makes site-specific installation using gradients of coloured sewing threads in geometric shapes that look like light-emitting spectral prisms. His current series of work is entitled Plexus – the title derives from the anatomical network of nerves or vessels in the body. For the biennial East Wing X exhibititon at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London in 2011 the 10 miles of coloured threads of Plexus No.11 took 10 days to install in the six-storey, 20-metre high stairwell space. For the TED2012 conference at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, California Plexus C2 used 37 miles of coloured sewing thread around a staircase, and was symbolic of the network of connections between ideas and people.
Originally from Mexico City, Gabriel Dawe creates “site-specific installations that explore the connection between fashion and architecture, and how they relate to the human need for shelter in all its shapes and forms. His work is centered in the exploration of textiles, aiming to examine the complicated construction of gender and identity in his native Mexico and attempting to subvert the notions of masculinity and machismo prevalent in the present day.”
His work has been exhibited in the US, Canada, Belgium, and the UK. After living in Montreal, Canada for 7 years, he moved to Dallas, Texas, where he obtained his MFA at the University of Texas at Dallas. For the final two years of his degree, he was an artist in residence at CentralTrak, the Artist in Residency program at UTD. He is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas, and by Lot 10 Gallery in Brussels.
Plexus No.11. East Wing X, the Courtauld, Somerset House, London, 20 January 2011 – July 2013.
plexus c2. site specific installation for ted conference, 2012. gütermann thread, powder coated metal. 30′ x 16′ x 22′. photo by gretchen wustrack