Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Dallas Art Fair preview and photos: String artist Gabriel Dawe threads painful story
Dawe is one of many artists featured at the Dallas Art Fair April 8-10.
DALLAS Some artists work with oil and canvas, others with clay, metal, and even wood, but artist Gabriel Dawe -- who will be showing his work during the upcoming Dallas Art Fair at Conduit Gallery -- prefers working with string for his creative installations.
“I am mostly showing pieces from the Pain series in the Dallas Art Fair,” Dawe says “Objects made out of deconstructed clothing and pins. These pieces are about how pain is an inherent part of the human experience and how we carry pain on many different levels and how we have to learn to deal with that pain in order to grow up and mature as a person.”
Dawe says one of the purposes of this installation is about pushing the limits of the material, which in this case is not string, but actually sewing thread.
“By using the thread in such a large scale, it almost becomes immaterial,” he says. “That's why these pieces are so ethereal. If we look at this idea from the opposite side, it can be taken as an attempt to materialize light, and that is the reason I like using the colors of the spectrum.”
All about creating a sensorial experience to the viewers, Dawe also encourages those viewing his work to interact with the piece and the playful quality of the thread.
“At the core, these pieces are about the vulnerability of every human being and about offering some kind of shelter to address it,” Dawe explains. “If we consider the medium, sewing thread, it is the essential material of clothing, which protects us from our surroundings, but in this case it is forming an architectural structure.”
One particular piece of Dawes work on view during the Dallas Art Fair at Conduit Gallery is a pair of jeans Dawe has stuck pins into covering every conceivable piece of material. He says the piece is about fear and misconceptions when it comes to masculinity and homosexuality.
Dawe says he began the project as a part of a series of objects about Don't Ask Don't Tell and his belief of the unconstitutionality of that policy in the US military.
The string artist himself
Dawe was born and raised in Mexico City in a house that he says “was full of fine Mexican handcrafts and lots of intense colors. My mother was never afraid of dressing in bright colors, and I think her use of color was a big influence.”
Before becoming an artist, Dawe worked in graphic design. He moved to Dallas to attend the University of Texas at Dallas.
Dawe’s work, along with a number of other local and regional artists’ work, will be featured at the Third Annual Dallas Art Fair from April 8-10. The Dallas Art Fair celebrates modern and contemporary art and will include paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs by modern and contemporary artists represented from more than 60 prominent national and international art dealers. In addition to Conduit Gallery’s participation, there are also more than a dozen other Texas galleries participating as exhibitors.
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