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Gabriel Dawe

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Plexus no. 4, 2010 Gutermann, Thread, Nails, Wood 11' X 25' X 25' © Gabriel Dawe
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Plexus No. 4, 2010 Thread, Wood, Nails 25' X' 25' X 11' © Photo by Kevin Todora
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Plexus No. 5, 2010 Thread, Wood, Nails 12' X 12' X 12' © Photo by Mike Metcalfe
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Plexus No. 8, 2011 Thread, Wood, Hooks 7' X 15' X 18' © Photo by Brea McAnally
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Plexus No. 8, 2011 Thread, Wood, Hooks 7' X 15' X 18' © Photo by Brea McAnally
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Plexus No. 9, 2011 Thread, Wood, Hooks. 25' X 4' X 14' © Photo by Slyworks photography
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Plexus No. 9, 2011 Thread, Wood, Hooks. 25' X 4' X 14' © Photo by Slyworks photography
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Plexus No. 10, 2011 Thread, Wood, Hooks 40' X 50' X 14' © Photo by Electric Egg
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Plexus No. 10, 2011 Thread, Wood, Hooks 40' X 50' X 14' © Photo by Electric Egg
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Plexus No. 12, 2012 Thread, Wood, Hooks 20' X 13' X 10' © Photo by Gabriel Dawe
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Plexus C2 Güterman Thread, Wood, Hooks © Photo by Gretchen Wustrack
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Plexus C3 Gütermann Thread, Wood, Hooks © Photo by Kevin Todora
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Plexus No. 13 Gütermann Thread, Wood, Hooks © Photo by Matthieu Kavyrchine
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Pain Series no. 23 , 2012 Deconstructed Shirts, Straight Pins © Gabriel Dawe
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© Courtesy of the artist & The Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum
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creating Plexus 25 © Courtesy of the Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh; Photo Aaron Zalonis
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Installation in progress at the National Centre for Craft and Design, United Kingdom © Courtesy of the artist
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Mexico City
Lives in
Dallas, TX
Works in
Dallas, TX
Schools
university of texas at dallas, 2011, MFA
Representing galleries
Tags
environmental sculpture, ethereal, color, textiles, threads, light installation
Statement

Bio:

Originally from Mexico City, Gabriel Dawe’s 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 site-specific installations also 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 has been exhibited in the US, Canada, Belgium, and the UK.

Artist Statement:

The Plexus series is an ongoing series of installations that explore on the implications of thread and fibers as loaded materials implicating the complicated construction of gender and identity not only in my native Mexico, but throughout the western world. These installations are related as well to the human need for shelter and man’s ultimate vulnerability. One thing fashion and architecture have in common is their function of protecting the individual. By taking the main component of clothing—sewing thread—and generating an architectural structure with it, scale and material are reversed to create a new construction that no longer shelters the material needs of the body, but instead creates something that is symbolic of the non- physical structures humanity needs to survive as a species. These new structures are ethereal and delicate thanks to the fine thread; yet, despite their insubstantial quality, the play of lines create a visual effect that affects the viewer’s perception, becoming a full sensorial experience.

With the Pain Series, I explore the way in which pain is an unavoidable aspect of life, and how every single human being carries it in one way or another. These intimate objects confront the viewers with their own vulnerability. Made out of deconstructed clothing, there is an immediacy in the recognition that they are portraying something that relates intimately to them, and that’s what makes them such powerful objects. The visual effect that the accumulation of pins produces, creates an illusion of armor and protection, which can be interpreted as the idea that the pain we endure makes us stronger, and helps us transform and grow into the beings we are.

CV

education

08-11 :: mfa :: arts and technology :: university of texas at dallas :: dallas, tx


92-98 :: graphic design bachelor’s degree :: honours :: universidad de las américas-puebla :: mexico

94-95 :: academic exchange program :: the nottingham trent university :: nottingham, uk

upcoming exhibitions

More and Different Flags

Group show at Marlborough Gallery in Chelsea, New York
Opens June 21st (closing date TBD)
Blinding Pain

Solo Show at Conduit Gallery

Opens June 23, until September 1st.

solo exhibitions

2011 :: the pain on my shoulders :: conduit gallery :: dallas, tx
2011 :: plexus 10 :: hub: national centre for craft and design :: lincolnshire, uk
2011 :: plexus 9 :: peel gallery :: houston, tx
2011 :: plexus 8 :: the luminary center for the arts :: st. louis, mo

2010 :: plexus no. 4 :: annex gallery :: dallas contemporary:: dallas, tx
2010 :: plexus no. 3 :: guerillaarts :: dallas, tx
2010 :: plexus no. 2: convergence :: project room :: conduit gallery :: dallas, tx

2007 :: luz gallery :: montreal, canada

2004 :: luz gallery :: montreal, canada

2002 :: the light within the shadow :: rad’a gallery :: montreal, canada


selected group exhibitions

2011

wunderkammer
:: conduit gallery :: dallas, tx

heir today, gone tomorrow ~ the mexican american cultural center ~ austin, tx
first look iii ~ hudson valley center for contemporary art ~ peekskill, ny
texas biennial ~ austin, tx
relics and rememberance ~ centraltrak ~ dallas, tx


2010


crisscrossing :: the kellogg gallery :: cal poly pomona :: pomona, ca
!ndig-nation :: university of texas at dallas :: art gallery :: dallas, tx
wish you were here :: fort worth contemporary arts :: tcu :: fort worth, tx
wish! auction :: dallas contemporary :: dallas, tx
transitive pairings :: centraltrak :: dallas, tx


2009

glaad out auction
:: metropolitan pavillion :: new york, ny

strokes :: university of texas at dallas :: art gallery :: dallas, tx
say anything :: university of texas at dallas :: art gallery :: dallas, tx
new texas talent juried exhibition :: craighead green gallery :: dallas, tx
launch juried exhibition :: CADD artlab :: dallas, tx
tigersprung :: the mac :: dallas, tx
wish! auction 09 :: dallas contemporary :: dallas, tx


2008

fiberworks 08 juried show
:: cambridge galleries :: cambridge, canada

craft texas juried show :: houston center for contemporary craft :: houston, tx
emerging artists :: galerie pangée :: montreal, canada
27th annual juried exhibition: made to measure :: arts etobicoke :: toronto, canada


2007

modèle behaviour
:: galerie pangée :: montreal, canada

big fiber little fiber :: juried exhibition :: gladstone hotel :: toronto, canada
la moustache show :: montreal & toronto, canada; brooklyn, ny
26th annual juried exhibition: made to measure :: arts etobicoke :: toronto, canada


2006

insomnia
:: red head gallery :: toronto, canada

defrost :: 201 queen east gallery :: toronto, canada
motionball charity auction :: toronto, canada


2005

summer heat
:: praxis gallery :: toronto, canada



2004

margarita sunday :: luz gallery :: montreal, canada
galería zero :: barcelona, spain


2003

o’connor gallery
:: toronto, canada

brush gallery :: toronto, canada

residencies

2011 :: the luminary center for the arts :: st. louis, mo


2009-2011 :: centraltrak artist in residence :: dallas, tx


awards

2009-2010 :: graduate studies scholarship :: university of texas at dallas :: dallas, tx

2009 shortlisted :: best emerging artist :: mixed media :: glaad outauction 2009 :: nyc

2008-2009 :: graduate studies scholarship :: university of texas at dallas :: dallas, tx

2007 best of show :: 27th annual juried exhibition: made to measure :: arts etobicoke :: toronto, canada


publications

2011

contemporary (latin) american art in austin
:: caitlyn collins :: adobe aristream :: august 1, 2011
mirror mirror #7: los outsiders
:: margaret meehan :: glasstire :: july 17, 2011
heir today gone tomorrow
:: wayne alan brenner :: the austin chronicle :: july 15, 2011
the voices emerging from college studios
:: susan hodara :: new york times :: july 1, 2011
gabriel dawe
:: blair mishleau ::don't panic :: march 21, 2011
®zehn “sense forever”
:: rojo magazine :: march, 2011
plexus
:: space cool hunting :: february 22, 2011



2010


art this week :: ep. 49 :: september 3, 2009 :: http://artthisweek.com/?p=334
plexus 2: convergence
:: review by charissa terranova :: arts+culture :: april 2010 :: dallas, tx
transitive pairings: body object
:: review by scott hilton :: arts+culture :: april 2010 :: dallas, tx
sojourn: a journal for the arts
:: volume 22 :: university of texas at dallas :: dallas, tx

centraltrak is melrose place for artists :: d magazine :: february 2010 :: dallas, tx
architects, artists partner on perspective pieces :: the utd mercury :: september 8, 2009 :: dallas, tx

2009

sojourn: a journal for the arts :: volume 23 :: university of texas at dallas :: dallas, tx
‘strokes’ focuses on method of art creation :: the utd mercury :: october 4, 2009 :: dallas, tx
reflecting on craftsmanship :: the utd mercury :: september 8, 2009 :: dallas, tx