Gabriel Dawe is known for his intricate string installations that are gorgeous gradients of color. He was born in Mexico City and has shown his installations throughout the US, Netherlands, Italy and Mexico. He creates special illusions of rainbows almost resembling refracted light. In his show at Conduit Gallery in Dallas titled Requiem for a Fallen Structure, Dawe deconstructs his installations reinventing them into new objects. The sculptures are accompanied by post-study drawings of the installed pieces.
The polar opposites of Dawe’s precise site-specific installations and the organic lumpy aftermath intrigue me. Several of the forms are balled up and squeezed together with zip ties mimicking rough organic fiber art. These forms help us see more clearly the material that makes this illusion, simply thread.
Others pieces are cascading down the wall like waterfalls enhanced by the fluidity of the thread that was once pulled taught between walls. The pieces are either bound by metal or marked with tiny round tags that are stamped with the name of the piece it once was. This provides a new life as a relic, acknowledging the life it once lived.
The powerful dichotomy between Dawe’s both magical illusions, that are perfectly organized, and mangled messy fucked up work is palatable. In fact, he has a piece titled “biggest fuck-up” which to me reveals both honesty and humor. This kind of truth in work really pulls on my heart because it is so relatable
The work as a whole carries a possibly unintentional metaphor. The same material, object, experience can be both perfect and completely messy. Perhaps the messiness makes it richer and helps us appreciate when things are flawless.
Image 1-3 Plexus Nº19, Villa Olmo in Como, Italy
Image 4-7 Conduit Gallery Dallas TX conduitgallery.com
Post by Debra Baxter, debrabaxter.com