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about Gabriel Dawe

“When I was growing up, my father was fond of clouds, particularly when a ray of light pierced through them, so luminous you almost wanted to touch them. He sometimes followed such sightings with a sketch on a scrap of paper, deftly portraying the light breaking through. As a child, I often heard my mother express her admiration for the beauty of the sky, particularly on holidays any place in Mexico outside of Mexico City. The bright blue skies of her childhood there, which by the time I was a teenager were often infested with pollutants, had made an impression on her in her youth.

Despite my jaded attitude towards my mother’s appreciation of the not-so-intense blue of the sky in daylight, today I am able to appreciate her fascination with it. It pointed to something that might have otherwise gone unnoticed.”

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 US, Canada, Belgium, and the UK.

After living in Montreal, Canada for 7 years, Gabriel 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, the Artist in Residency program at UTD. His work has been featured in numerous publications around the world, including Sculpture magazine, the cover of the 12th 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.

www.gabrieldawe.com

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