It is this reference to beauty in Dawe's work that captivated Curator Jaime DeSimone and resulted in her reaching out to him to participate in the series.
“I've followed Gabriel's work for a while now, but it wasn't until I experienced it in person at the Renwick Gallery's 'WONDER' exhibition that I knew we had to bring him to Jacksonville,” said Curator Jaime DeSimone.
The title of the new work, Plexus No. 38, derives from the word's definition: a network of nerves or vessels in the body. It's one of a series of site-specific works Dawe has installed throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
“It was the perfect name because it not only refers to the connection of the body with its environment, but it also relates directly to the intricate network of threads forming the installation itself, and to the tension inherent in the thread, vibrating with an almost tangible luminosity,” Dawe said.
Fashion and architecture
In the Plexus series, Dawe explores the human needs for shelter and protection, represented by architecture and fashion. Both are used to address physical, psychological, and emotional vulnerability. Through the use of thread, the core component of clothing, he creates a structure at the scale of a protective space.
“By reversing scale and material to create an actual structure made of thread, the sheltering quality goes through a transformation, from protecting the body on a physical level, to soothing the human spirit in a subtle, yet powerful way,” Dawe said.