Project Atrium: Gabriel Dawe
Plexus No. 38
July 15, 2017 - October 29, 2017
Organized with meticulous precision, Gabriel Dawe's architecturally scaled weavings result in three-dimensional patterns often mistaken for fleeting rays of light or prisms. Consisting of miles of multicolored thread, the material and vivid colors in his ongoing Plexus series recall the embroideries employed in the artist's home country, Mexico. Plexus No. 38 alters our understanding of sewing thread-the core component of clothing-that no longer shelters the human body, but instead fashions a nonphysical, sensory structure.
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 United States, Canada, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. After living in Montreal, Canada, for seven years, he moved to Dallas, Texas, where he obtained his MFA at the University of Texas at Dallas. For the final two years of his degree, he was an artist-in-residence at CentralTrak at UTD. His work has been featured in numerous publications around the world, including Sculpture magazine, the cover of the twelfth edition of Art Fundamentals published by McGraw-Hill, and in author Tristan Manco's book Raw + Material = Art. He is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas and by Lot 10 Gallery in Brussels.
Image courtesy of Andrew Weber.
With over ten years of curatorial and exhibition experience in contemporary art, Curator Jaime DeSimone conceives and implements the exhibition program and manages the Permanent Collection. At MOCA Jacksonville, DeSimone has curated Project Atrium: Shinique Smith and Confronting the Canvas: Women of Abstraction, the first museum show to focus on contemporary female abstract painters. She was previously the exhibitions project coordinator at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, where she managed a portfolio of exhibitions, including Calder and Abstraction and FreePort No. 008: Celeste Boursier-Mougenot. From 2005 to 2012, DeSimone served as the assistant curator at the Addison Gallery of American Art, located on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where she curated a number of exhibitions, including Flash Back: November 23, 1963 (2013), The Civil War: Unfolding Dialogues (2011), and Kara Walker: Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) (2008). She holds a master's degree in American contemporary art from American University (2005) and a bachelor's degree in art history from Bates College (2001).
Image courtesy of Thomas Hager.