PLEXUS And PAIN By Gabriel Dawe

published in: Art By Stefania Vourazeri, 21 November 2012

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Gabriel Dawe, Plexus No.19
photo © Gabriel Dawe

A material which is as light and as delicate as a thread, takes on a new dimension in the hands of the Mexico born, Texas based artist Gabriel Dawe. Handled incredibly gently, his site specific installations full of color named PLEXUS, which as he explains, represents the body’s network of nerves or blood vessels pose questions and invite viewers to examine and reflect upon Mexico’s machismo culture.

The PLEXUS installations almost seize the spaces they inhabit like a spider web. They create wonderful dream-like visuals that mesmerize the viewers while they navigate their way around them and experience the different views that they offer. The light that penetrates the space also plays an important role as it offers an additional perspective as the semi-transparent installations come to life.

Gabriel Dawe, Plexus No.19
photo © Gabriel Dawe

Gabriel Dawe, Plexus No.19
photo © Gabriel Dawe

Gabriel Dawe, Plexus No.3
photo © Kevin Todora

Gabriel Dawe, Plexus No.3 (detail)
photo © Kevin Todora

Gabriel Dawe, Plexus No.3
photo © Kevin Todora

Each installation, depending on its size, takes hours to be installed. They are painstakingly put together where each piece of thread creates a curve like form that intensifies the visual excellence of each piece. Together with the colours and the superb use of the space, each installation conveys a sincere sense of peacefulness. When seen from different angles, the perfectly stretched threads seem almost to defy gravity and travel into the space.

When an installation is dismantled, Gabriel Dawe collects all the threads that have been used and creates his pieces that he calls ‘Relics which, as he explains, give a second life to the work of art, 'from the ethereal to the dense'.

Gabriel Dawe, Relics
photo © Gabriel Dawe

Gabriel Dawe, Relics
photo © Gabriel Dawe

Gabriel Dawe, Plexus No.12
photo © Carlos Aleman

Gabriel Dawe, Plexus No.12
photo © Carlos Aleman

Gabriel Dawe, Charts of Plexus No.15
photo © Gabriel Dawe

Gabriel Dawe, Plexus No.13
photo © Matthieu Kavyrchine

Gabriel Dawe, Plexus No.4
photo © Kevin Todora

Gabriel Dawe, Plexus No.5
photo © Mike Metcalf

Gabriel Dawe, Plexus No.10 (detail)
photo © Electric Egg

The making of Plexus No.11 for the National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford, UK
video © Electric Egg

Gabriel Dawe, Pain Series, No12
photo © Gabriel Dawe

His ‘PAIN’ and ‘Intolerance’ series touch upon the issue of pain and how unavoidable it is in our lives. Dawe uses elements made out of deconstructed clothing and invites the viewer to relate and accept pain as a force that human beings endure, coming out stronger at the other end of the experience. The fact that he uses familiar, everyday pieces from clothing such as sleeves and collars, as well as pants and boots, further invites the viewer to relate with the feeling of pain and its effect.

Gabriel Dawe’s work is gentle, peaceful and absorbing. It strongly relates to the human presence and conceptualizes universal themes thereby offering a fresh look on how should they be addressed and confronted.

Gabriel Dawe, Pain Series, No16
photo © Gabriel Dawe

Gabriel Dawe, Pain Series, No16
photo © Gabriel Dawe

Gabriel Dawe, Pain Series, No18
photo © Gabriel Dawe

Gabriel Dawe, Pain Series, No18
photo © Gabriel Dawe

Gabriel Dawe, Pain Series, No22
photo © Gabriel Dawe

Gabriel Dawe, Pain Series, No23
photo © Gabriel Dawe

Gabriel Dawe, Pain Series, No25
photo © Gabriel Dawe

Gabriel Dawe, Intolerance
photo © Gabriel Dawe

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