The Toledo Museum of Art's classically
inspired Great Gallery, home to a muscular
collection of Baroque masterworks by
artists such as Rubens and Poussin, might
seem a daring place to install a massive
contemporary fiber art installation. But during
a preparatory site visit, Gabriel Dawe
was immediately drawn to the space and
responded with Plexus no. 35 (2016), a temporary,
site-specific work. (He's also done
commissions for TED, the Courtauld Institute,
and the Smithsonian Institution's Renwick
Gallery.) Dawe engages in apparent
visual alchemy, transforming substance into
light; despite the magical effects, he is willing
to divulge some, if not all, of his secrets.
Born in Mexico City, Dawe has been working
with fiber since childhood. His grandmother
taught his sister how to embroider;
but, believing it to be an exclusively feminine
pursuit, she wouldn't teach Gabriel, who
stole string and worked out the process on
...see the entire article in the print version of October's Sculpture magazine.
No. 93, 2005. Resin on hazard tape and wood, 50 x 50 x 5.5 cm.