Gabriel Dawe has been creating mesmerizing pieces of strikingly colorful thread explosions for years. The Mexican artist has now bought his work to the Toledo Museum of Art, with Plexus 35. Through this, he has created a clear juxtaposition between the old and the new. The absolutely attractive installation is site-specific. It is created from embroidery threads that are strung in a way of giving the appearance of an indoor rainbow.
The stunning installation is placed in a way that it plays with the interior architectural elements as well as the sources of light. As the light reaches inside across the museum’s glass ceiling, it gets filtered through the rainbow-colored threads. This creates a totally breathtaking, holographic look.
The main reason for the growth of Dawe’s Plexus series is none other than his love for embroidery. Using textiles in his work gives him a subtle opportunity to explore gender identity as well. Dawe states that since the core material of his work is embroidery, a subtext of gender politics is contained in them. He thinks that architectural structures created using thread are ethereal, like ‘rays of colored light frozen in space’.
In the installation at the Toledo museum, Dawe uses the entire color spectrum as a point of departure. He plays with breaking up colors for the first time in this installation. Mostly, Dawe only uses a fraction of the spectrum in his work. Or else, he chooses a certain starting point and an endpoint.
Dawe’s amazing creation is exhibited at the Great Gallery of the museum, surrounded by the work of experts like Peter Paul Rubens. So, check out this incredible work and share your thoughts in the comments!