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Gabriel Dawe's Newest Colorful "Plexus" Thread Installation

Texas-based artist Gabriel Dawe's fascination and distinct skills with site-specific thread installations has most recently taken the form of a beautiful exhibit currently on display at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Plexus 28 consists of multiple prisms of color that project across the space just like rays of light.

Dawe's work within interior spaces is always quite purposeful. He says, “Whenever I go into a space to create a new installation, I have to have a dialogue with the space and see what that space is asking for.” For Plexus 28, Dawe altered the room with his miles and miles of thread by looping the thread into hooks, back and forth from wall to ceiling. In doing so, he built layers of thread to create a volume in space that, for this piece in particular, explored a new structure of double circles where one small circle is contained within the larger circle.

The overlapping layers of color shift and change as viewers move throughout the space, creating a sense of movement and energy within the still objects. You can watch the time-lapse video below to see the process of how Dawe installed the project at Virginia MOCA, on view through December 28, 2014.

Gabriel Dawe's website
Virginia MOCA website
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