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, he 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 .
2008 - 2011 MFA., Arts and Technology University of Texas at Dallas
1992 - 1998 Graphic Design Bachelor’s Degree - Honors - Universidad de las Américas - Puebla, Mexico
1994 - 1995 Academic Exchange Program - The Nottingham Trent University - Nottingham, UK
Fields of Light - Cheekwood - Nashville, TN
Plexus no. 38 - MOCA Jacksonville - Jacksonville, FL
Plexus no. 35 - Toledo Museum of Art - Toledo, OH
Plexus no. 34 - Amon Carter Museum of American Art - Fort Worth, TX
The Shape of Light - Newark Museum - Newark, NJ
Plexus no. 29 - Brighman Young University Museum of Art - Provo, UT
Requiem For A Fallen Structure - Conduit Gallery - Dallas, TX
Plexus no. 28 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia - Virginia Beach, VA
Plexus no. 26 - Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum - San Antonio, TX
Plexus no. 25 - Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh - Raleigh, NC
Threading Light - Zadok Gallery - Miami, FL
Light Paradox - Savannah College of Art and Design - Savannah, GA
Blinding Pain - Conduit Gallery - Dallas, TX
Plexus no. 15 - Louisiana State University Museum - Baton Rouge, LA
The Density of Light - lot 10 gallery - Brussels, Belgium
Plexus no. 12 - The Juanita Harvey Art Gallery - MWSU - Wichita Falls, TX
Plexus no. 10 - The National Centre for Craft and Design - Lincolnshire, UK
Plexus no. 9 - Peel Gallery - Houston, TX
Plexus no. 8 - The Luminary Arts Center - St. Louis, MO
Plexus no. 4 - Dallas Contemporary - Annex North Gallery - Dallas, TX
Plexus no. 3 - Guerrilla Arts - Dallas, TX
Plexus no. 2, Convergence - Conduit Gallery - Project Room - Dallas, TX
BIENNIALS + COMMISSIONS + FAIRS + SPECIAL PROJECTS
Plexus C24 - Private Commission, Facebook - Menlo Park, CA
Plexus C23 - Private Commission, Capital One - McLean, VA
Plexus C22 - Private Commission, Mannington Commercial - Chicago, IL
Plexus C21 - Private Commission, The Dubai Mall - Dubai, UAE
Plexus C20 - Private Commission, Washington Harbor - Washington, DC
Plexus C19 - Dallas Fairmont Hotel Artist Residency - Dallas, TX
Plexus C18 - San Antonio Airport in collaboration with Blue Star Contemporary - San Antonio, TX
Plexus C17 - Resource Center of Dallas - Dallas, TX
Plexus no. 32 - No Commission Art Fair - Miami, FL
Plexus C1.1 - Billingsley - Dallas, TX
Plexus C16 - Eodiah - UTDallas - Dallas, TX
Plexus C15 - Nordstrom - Vancouver, BC
Plexus C14 - Facebook - New York, NY
Plexus no. 27 - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art - Bentonville, AR
Plexus C12 - Art in Embassies Program - US Consulate - Monterrey, Mexico
Plexus C11 - 2100 Ross Building - Dallas, TX
End of Childhood 2.0 - Miami Projects Art Fair - Miami, FL
Yia Art Fair - Paris, France
Texas biennial - San Antonio, TX
Plexus C9 - Nuskin - Provo, UT
Plexus no. 23 - Rijswijk Textile Biennial - Museum Rijswijk - Rijswijk, The Netherlands
Plexus C8 - Gensler Houston - Houston, TX
Plexus C7 - Biogen Idec - Triangle Research Park, NC
Plexus C6 - Private Home - San Diego, CA
Plexus no. 20 - Zadok Gallery - Miami, FL
Plexus C5 - Houston Fine Art Fair - Houston, TX
Plexus C4 - Marie-Pierre Arthur music video - Fil De Soie - Montreal, Canada
Plexus C3 - Dallas Art Fair - Dallas, TX
Plexus C2 - Ted Conference - LBPAC - Long Beach, CA
East Wing X - Courtauld Institute - London, UK
2011 Plexus no. 5 - Texas Biennial - Austin, TX
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Mi Tierra - Plexus no. 36 - Denver Art Museum - Denver, CO
Side By Side - Two-man show with Larry Bell - Amarillo Museum of Art - Amarillo, TX
Target Texas - Art Museum of South Texas - Corpus Christi, TX
Wonder - Plexus a1 - Renwick Gallery - Smithsonian American Art Museum - Washington, DC
Splitting Light - UB Art Gallery - University at Buffalo - Buffalo, NY
State Of The Art - Plexus no. 27 - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art - Bentonville, AR
Outside The Lines - plexus no. 24 - Contemporary Art Museum, Houston - Houston, TX
Faden - Deutscher Künstlerbund - Berlin, Germany
Miniartextil - Plexus no. 19 - Villa Olmo - Como, Italy
Artprize - Plexus no. 18 - Kendall College of Art and Design - Grand Rapids, MI
Salvajes - Plexus no. 17 - Gentofte Bibliotek - Copenhagen, Denmark
More and Different Flags - Plexus no. 16 - Marlborough Gallery Chelsea - New York, NY
From Outside, In Floats A Music Box - Conduit gallery - Dallas, TX
Wunderkammer - Conduit Gallery - Dallas, TX
Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow - Plexus no. 7 - The Mexican American Cultural Center - Austin, TX
First Look III - Plexus no. 6 - Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art - Peekskill, NY
Relics and Rememberance - CentralTrak - Dallas, TX
Crisscross - The Kellogg Gallery - Cal Poly Pomona - Pomona, CA
Indig-nation - University of Texas at Dallas - Art Gallery - Dallas, TX
Wish You Were Here - Fort Worth Contemporary Arts - TCU Fort Worth, TX
Transitive Pairings - Centraltrak - Dallas, TX
Strokes - University of Texas at Dallas - Art Gallery - Dallas, TX
Say Anything - University of Texas at Dallas - Art Gallery - Dallas, TX
New Texas Talent Juried Exhibition - Craighead Green Gallery - Dallas, TX
Launch Juried Exhibition - CADD ArtLab - Dallas, TX
Tigersprung - The Mac - Dallas, TX
Fiberworks 08 Juried Show - Cambridge Galleries - Cambridge, Canada
Craft Texas Juried Show - Houston Center for Contemporary Craft - Houston, TX
Emerging Artists - Galerie Pangée - Montreal, Canada
27th Annual Juried Exhibition: Made to Measure - Arts Etobicoke - Toronto, Canada
Modèle Behaviour - Galerie Pangée - Montreal, Canada
Big Fiber Little Fiber - Juried Exhibition - Gladstone Hotel - Toronto, Canada
26th Annual Juried Exhibition: Made to Measure - Arts Etobicoke - Toronto, Canada
Insomnia - Red Head Gallery - Toronto, Canada
Defrost - 201 Queen East Gallery - Toronto, Canada
Summer Heat - Praxis gallery - Toronto, Canada
Margarita Sunday - Luz Gallery - Montreal, Canada
Galería Zero - Barcelona, Spain
2003 O’Connor Gallery - Toronto, Canada
Brush Gallery - Toronto, Canada
2018 Artist in Residence - Cheekwood - Nashville, TN
2017 Gapp Artist in Residence - Toledo Museum of Art - Toledo, OH
2011 ArtsNK - Lincolnshire, UK
2011 The Luminary Arts Center - St. Louis, MO
2009-2011 Centraltrak Artist in Residence - Dallas, TX
2020 Texas State Visual Artist 3D
2014 School of Humanities Alumnus of The Year - University of Texas at Dallas - Dallas, TX
2012 2nd Place - Beers.Lambert Emerging Artist - Sculpture/Installation - London, UK
2011 Shortlisted - Austin Critic’s Table - Best Art Installation - Austin, TX
2010 Graduate Travel Grant - University of Texas at Dallas - Dallas, TX
2009/2010 Graduate Studies Scholarship - University of Texas at Dallas - Dallas, TX
2009 Shortlisted - Best Emerging Artist - Mixed Media - Glaad Outauction 2009 - NYC
2008/2009 Graduate Studies Scholarship - University of Texas at Dallas - Dallas, TX
2007 Best of Show - 27th Annual Juried Exhibition: Made to Measure - Arts Etobicoke - Toronto
Amarillo Museum of Art
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Long Beach Performance Art Center
SCAD Museum of Art
University of Texas at Dallas
US State Department - Art in Embassies Program
Resource Center of Dallas
—Hart, Rebecca. Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place (Exhibition catalog). Denver Art Museum, 2017. Print.
—Rinck, Jonathan. “Gabriel Dawe: Light Threads.(Cover feature)” Sculpture magazine, October 2017. Print.
—Arnold, Leigh. Side by Side: Larry Bell; Gabriel Dawe (exhibition catalog), Amarillo Museum of Art, 2016. Print.
—Scott, Gabe. “Gabriel Dawe in Rainbows.” Juxtapoz, June 2016. Print. Web version: <https://www.juxtapoz.com/news/magazine/gabriel-dawe-in-rainbows/>
—Ault, Alicia. “Artist Gabriel Dawe Made a Rainbow Out of 60 Miles of Thread.” Smithsonian Magazine. Smithsonian Magazine, November 17, 2015. Web. < https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/artistgabriel-dawe-used-60-miles-embroider-thread-make-rainbow-180957243>
—Bell, Nicholas. Wonder (exhibition catalog). Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2015. Print
—Baxter, Debra. “The Flawles Forms of Gabriel Dawe.” Dry Magazine. Dry Magazine, 16 November 2014. Web.<http://www.dry-magazine.com/?p=8498/>.
—White, Amy. “X Marks the Spot.” Indie Week. [Raleigh], June 4, 2014. Print. Web version: <http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/gabriel-dawes-plexus-no-25-activates-the-connectionbetween-spectator-and-spectrum>
—Van der Ploeg, Frank. “Gabriel Dawe: Radiance.” Rijswijk Textile Biennial. Rijswijk: Rijswijk Museum, 2013. 30- 33. Print.
—Chayka, Kyle. “A Dazzling Architectural Rainbow With Political and Social History.” Hyperallergic. Hyperallergic, 21 Feb. 2013. Web. <http://hyperallergic.com/65579/a-dazzling-architectural-rainbow-with-political-andsocial-history/>.
—Cover image for Arts Fundamentals, Theory and Practice, twelfth edition, McGraw Hill, 2012. Print
—Manco, Tristan. Raw + Material = Art: Found, Scavenged, and Upcycled. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2012. Print.
—Dawe, Gabriel. The Density of Light. Brussels: Galerie Lot 10, 2012. Print.
—Hemmings, Jessica. “Threads.” Warp & Weft: Woven Textiles in Fashion, Art and Interiors. London: Bloomsbury, 2012. 10-27. Print.
—Caramel, Luciano. “Agora.” Trans. Pete Kercher. Miniartextil Agorà: XXII Mostra Internazionale D’arte Contemporanea.Como: Arte&Arte, 2012. 70-72; 156-157. Print.
—Valentine, Victoria. “At Marlborough Chelsea, Inspiring Geometries and Patterns.” Arts Observer. Arts Observer, 2 July 2012. Web. <http://www.artsobserver.com/2012/07/02/at-marlborough-chelsea-inspiring-geometriesand-patterns/>.
—Jao, Carren. “Weaving Rainbows from Miles of Thread.” Hyperallergic. Hyperallergic, 1 May 2012. Web. <http://hyperallergic.com/50637/gabriel-dawe-plexus-series/>.
—Samson, Jonah. “Gabriel Dawe: Challenging machismo through hypnotically vibrant thread installations.” Cool Hunting. 6 Apr. 2012. Web. <http://www.coolhunting.com/culture/gabriel-dawe.php>.
—McManus, Emily. “Temporary TED Art Becomes Permanent in Long Beach: Gabriel Dawe’s ‘Plexus C2.” TEDBlog. TED, 10 Mar. 2012. Web. <http://blog.ted.com/2012/03/10/temporary-ted-art-becomes-permanent-inlong-beach-gabriel-dawes-plexus-c2/>.
—Kennedy, Maev. “Threads of Joy, Rainbow Dazzles Courtauld.” The Guardian [London] 6 Dec. 2011, Art and Design sec. Print.
—Terranova, Charissa. “Gabriel Dawe, Guerilla Arts and Dallas Contemporary.” Review. Sculpture Sept. 2011: 62- 63. Print.