Plexus no. 34
Originally from Mexico City, Gabriel Dawe creates work centered on the exploration of textiles, examining 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 site-specific Plexus installations have been exhibited in galleries and museums all over the world, including the Newark Museum, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. His work is collected by public and private institutions, and has been featured in numerous publications including 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow, Sculpture magazine, and the cover of Arts Fundamentals. He is the 2020 State Three-Dimensional Artist for the state of Texas.
Painters & Sculptors Grant, 2020
Growing up as a boy, I was constantly reminded by a patriarchal Mexican society that I needed to be a certain way and do certain things to be considered a man. My work has been an attempt to reclaim a sense of self by doing what brings me fulfillment, hoping to bring forth experiences of joy and wonder into the world.”