Gabriel Dawe is a Mexican artist who is behind that mesmerizing installation of Plexus 35, the colorful string explosion which is composed of embroidery threads strung to create an indoor rainbow. This installation can be viewed in the Toledo Museum of Art until January 27, 2017. If you happen to in the vicinity, please make an effort to come.
The way Dawe’s Plexus work is by setting the embroidery threads strung, making a bold juxtaposition between old and new. And the installation is designed from interior architectural elements to light sources. And so as the light stream through the glass ceiling, it filters through the colorful thread resulting in holographic images.
In fact, Dawe got this inspiration about creating these Plexus series from his much love for embroidery, yet to create a finished product yield more frustration with the time it took.
For Dawe, it has been a subtle way to check out the notions of gender identity by making good use of textiles also in his piece. Listen to what Dawe said about his installation, “The Plexus installations started as a big experiment using the core material of my work with embroidery. Because of the material, there is a subtext of gender politics in them, albeit subtly. Very early on, I realized that these architectural structures made out of sewing thread were very ethereal. It was almost as if they were rays of colored light frozen in space.”
Actually, the Toledo installation is the first in utilizing the full spectrum of hues as a point of disappearance where Dawe has played with breaking up the colors
He once said that, “Sometimes I use only a fraction of the spectrum; others I choose a different starting and ending point which goes against what you’d find in nature if you were to break up light with a prism. Lately, I’ve felt the desire to break it up even more, and the piece at the Toledo Museum of Art will be the first piece where I really explore the breaking up of the spectrum.”
Because his installation is placed in the museum’s Great Gallery along with other masters’ work such as Peter Paul Rubens’ artwork , still, Dawe’s plexus can add to importance of the display.
But one thing for sure is that Dawe’s installation, Plexus 35, will be on view at the Toledo Museum of Art until January 22, 2017.