Where: Galleries Lafayette Walkway
When: September - December, 2017
As though embroidered in thin-air, Gabriel Dawe’s ‘Plexus C21’ installation defies understanding. What at first reads like refracted sunlight reveals itself to be the artist’s patient work of finely colored thread woven into rainbow-like rays.
Individually, the fine strands of thread would be difficult to see, but collectively strung from floor to ceiling, they create a dynamic and kaleidoscopic work of art, offering passers-by a full sensorial experience. Dawe deliberately chose the title “Plexus” for this series of works because it “refers to the connection of the body with its environment,” and also “relates directly to the intricate network of threads forming the installation itself, and to the inherent tension in the thread; vibrating with an almost tangible luminosity.”
This edition of ‘Plexus’ was specifically crafted for the Galleries Lafayette Walkway in The Dubai Mall. Stretching from floor to ceiling, the installation spanned three levels, tying the void together, generating new sightlines, and inviting passers-by to see the space in a new light.
About the artist:
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.