Gabriel Dawe

Installation Images

Selected Works

Gabriel Dawe
Variation No. 3 of Plexus No. 35, 2020
Thread on board
11h x 11w in
Gabriel Dawe
Variation No. 6 of Plexus No. 5, 2020
Thread on board
11h x 11w in
Gabriel Dawe
Variation No. 1 of Plexus No. 35, 2020
Thread on board
11h x 11w in
Gabriel Dawe
Variation No. 2 of Plexus No. 35, 2020
Thread on board
11h x 11w in
Gabriel Dawe
Missing No. 8, 2020
24 karat gold on puzzle in artist frame
17h x 20w in
Gabriel Dawe
Missing No. 9, 2020
24 karat gold on puzzle in artist frame
18h x 24w in
Gabriel Dawe
Missing No. 3, 2019
24 karat gold on puzzle in artist frame
13h x 18w in
Gabriel Dawe
Missing No. 4, 2019
24 karat gold on puzzle in artist frame
13h x 18w in

Biography

Gabriel Dawe is a Mexican-Canadian artist whose site-specific installations of multicolored thread create spellbinding chromatic environments that challenge our perceptions of space and color. The artist’s work spans a varied spectrum of scale and media from immersive thread installations to tabletop sculptures made of common domestic items.

Born and raised in Mexico City, Dawe has created a practice informed both by his childhood fascination with needlework as well as his frustration with the restrictive gender norms that forbade him access to it as a young boy. Challenging the traditional categorization of textiles within domestic craft, the artist’s work weaves together reflections on gender, fashion, and architecture.

Dawe’s large-scale installations emulate the optical phenomena of refracted light, captivating viewers by inviting them into an ethereal and celestial experience within the bounds of the venerable walls and ceilings of art institutions. Dawe explains his intent is to “materialize light, to give it density, so that I can offer the viewer an approximation of things otherwise inaccessible to us—a glimmer of hope that brings us closer to the transcendent.”

Dawe received an MFA from the University of Texas at Dallas. His work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; Courtauld Institute, London, U.K.; the U.S. Consolute in Monterrey, Mexico; Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC; and Museum Rijswijk, the Netherlands. Dawe has had solo exhibitions at the Toledo Museum of Art, OH; Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX;  The National Centre for Craft and Design, Lincolnshire, UK; Newark Museum, NJ; Brighman Young University Museum of Art, Provo, UT; Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; and The Luminary Arts Center, St. Louis, MO to name a few. Dawe’s work has been collected by the Amarillo Museum of Art, TX; Crystal Bridges Museum of American ArtBentonville, AR; Long Beach Performance Art Center, CA; Newark Museum, NJ; SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; University of Texas at Dallas and the U.S. State Department.

Exhibitions

On-site and Individual Works

Gabriel Dawe

Found

Talley Dunn Gallery

September 22 – October 31, 2020

Off-site

Videos

Press

Joan Mitchell Foundation

Gabriel Dawe Receives Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant

October 21, 2020

Dallas Morning News

“Finding the missing piece: Dallas-based artist Gabriel Dawe looks inward in his new show at Talley Dunn”
October 13, 2020

Juxtapoz

“Gabriel Dawe: In Rainbows”
June 6, 2016

Smithsonian Magazine

“Artist Gabriel Dawe Made a Rainbow Out of 60 Miles of Thread”
By Alicia Ault
November 17, 2015