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Indoor Rainbow Made of Thread
The colorful string explosions of Gabriel Dawe have been mesmerizing us for years. With Plexus 35, the Mexican artist brings his work to the Toledo Museum of Art,
making a bold juxtaposition between old and new. The site-specific
installation is composed of embroidery threads strung to create an
indoor rainbow, one that plays with space—from interior architectural
elements to light sources. As light streams through the glass ceiling of
the museum, it filters through the colorful threads, creating a
Dawe's Plexus series grew out of his love for embroidery, yet
frustration with the time it took to create a finished product. For him,
the use of textiles in his work is also a subtle way to look at notions
of gender identity.
“The Plexus installations started as a big experiment using the core material of my work with embroidery. Because of the material, there is a subtext of gender politics in them, albeit subtly,” Dawe shares. “Very early on, I realized that these architectural structures made out of sewing thread were very ethereal. It was almost as if they were rays of colored light frozen in space.”
Using the full spectrum of color as a point of departure, the Toledo
installation is the first in which the artist has played with breaking
up the colors. “Sometimes I use only a fraction of the spectrum; others I
choose a different starting and ending point which goes against what
you’d find in nature if you were to break up light with a prism,” he
explains. “Lately, I’ve felt the desire to break it up even more, and
the piece at the Toledo Museum of Art will be the first piece where I
really explore the breaking up of the spectrum.”
Feel Good ...
He released a swan hooked to a net:
"When I was holding him, I felt his heart beating."
He just relaxed and wrapped my neck with his.
It's a precious moment when you see an animal trusts you completely”
A cute 4-minute video, The Walk, here.
Just because ...
Smiles for Monday ...
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