In his site-specific installation Plexus No. 9, Gabriel Dawe layers a subtly shifting palette of rainbow-colored thread with mind-boggling precision. Stretched from floor to ceiling and nearly wall-to-wall in the gallery space, each color begins at a distinct point on the floor and then fans out in a series of lines to create overlapping, upside down triangles. Dawe loops the thread through hooks to repeat forms behind one another, creating spatial depth and intricacy. It’s almost as if one of Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings of dense cross hatching has been plugged into a computer program, pulled into three dimensions and pushed from primary to hypercolor. Strongly lit from the front, the threads’ edges feather and blur into one another to become beautifully indiscriminate, deep pools of color. Like a prism, the color smoothly fades, twists and bends from yellow to red to purple to green and back to yellow as you move around the installation. When looked at from the side, the installation morphs into something akin to a hard-edged abstraction with crisply delineated bands of color. Is it a drawing? A painting? A sculpture? It’s an installation, and it brings all three together in such an elegant way that it doesn’t matter. Regardless of what we want to call it, I couldn’t stop circling and staring at the lush, hypnotic, enveloping web. Catch it at Peel Gallery through October 31st.
Gabriel Dawe: Plexus No. 9
Through October 31
Joshua Fischer works as the assistant curator at Rice University Art Gallery. He graduated from Trinity University where he double majored in Studio Art and Sociology. He then received an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.