All the Colours of the Rainbow

By Danielle Pope

All the Colours of the Rainbow
Gabriel Dawe’s artwork brings rainbows indoors

These incredible textile artworks consist of thousands of multicolour threads being carefully stretched and placed by contemporary Mexican-born artist, Gabriel Dawe.

Dawe’s textile installations have adorned gallery spaces around the world, most recently as part of an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. These ethereal indoor rainbows prompt us to examine public spaces in a new light. The artist’s latest instalment in the series, titled Plexus no. 35, was created especially for the Toledo Museum of Art’s Great Gallery.

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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 centred in the exploration of textiles, aiming to examine the complicated construction of gender and identity in native Mexico and attempting to subvert the notions of masculinity and machismo prevalent in the present day.

The installation is sponsored in part by the Toledo Museum of Art Ambassadors, a group of volunteer fundraisers, and will remain on view through to Jan 22 2017. Admission to the Museum and to see the installation is free. More information about the exhibition can be found at the Toledo Museum of Art website here

You can see more of Dawe’s incredible artwork by following him on Instagram here

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