April 1 — May 13, 2017
Conduit Gallery is honored to announce a solo exhibition of work by Gabriel Dawe. For the past six years, Dallas artist Gabriel Dawe has become internationally recognized for his Plexus series of large scale, site specific installations utilizing bright gradients of suspended thread.
The Plexus series is an ongoing series of installations that explore the implications of thread and fibers as loaded materials that frame the complicated construction of gender and identity not only Dawe’s native Mexico, but throughout the western world. These installations are related as well to the human need for shelter and man’s ultimate vulnerability.
Dawe’s first installation at Conduit Gallery Plexus no. 2: Convergence (2010) wrapped the three walls of the gallery’s Project Room creating an enveloped space exceeding the viewers’ boundary of vision. For Plexus 37, Dawe will install a wall to wall installation that will dissect the back gallery space thereby creating a wall that separates the gallery into two distinct regions. A further development of the series is the use of silver metallic thread so that while a sealing off of the functional space is created, it is by an ethereal structure. As with all of Dawe’s sculpture and installation work, the political implications are not to be missed. In the wake of the current political climate, Dawe invites the viewer to imagine Plexus 37 not as a border wall separating humanity from its potential but as the literal “silver lining” of increased engagement and mobilization.
In addition to his April Conduit Gallery exhibition, other 2017 exhibitions include: Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH (January); Denver Museum of Art, Denver, CO (February through October) and the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL (TBA.) Dawe is currently the Artist in Residence at the Fairmount AIR Program.
His ongoing Plexus series of site-specific installations has been exhibited internationally including: The Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX (2016); The Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, TX (2016); the San Antonio International Airport, San Antonio, TX (2016); The Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C. (2015); Brigham Young Museum of Art, Provo, UT (2015); Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ (2015); the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR (2014); Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA (2014); Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, Raleigh, NC (2014); Museum Rijswijk, Rijswijk, The Netherlands (2013); Art in Embassies Program, Monterrey, Mexico (permanent) (2014); and Villa Olmo, Como, Italy (2012). His work has been featured in numerous publications around the world, including Sculpture magazine; the cover of the 12th edition of Art Fundamentals published by McGraw-Hill; and in author Tristan Manco’s book Raw + Material = Art.