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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Edward C. Robison III.

Plexus No. 27

Artist: Gabriel Dawe (born 1973)
Date: 2014
120 in. × 132 in. × 20ft. (304.8 × 335.3 × 609.6 cm)
Medium: Thread and steel hooks
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2015.30
On View
Accession Number: 2015.30
Label TextGabriel Dawe strings miles of colored thread between hooks on the walls, creating mesmerizing color, form, and shadows. As you move around it, the overall shape of the work changes depending on your position in the space.

Dawe’s work stems in part from his background. He grew up in Mexico City watching his grandmother create hand embroidery, a skill she passed on to her granddaughters but not her grandson. Here, he transforms a traditionally feminine medium into a comment on the social norms that often rule our everyday lives. Dawe's approach reminds us that each viewpoint derives from a unique set of circumstances, and our shared challenge is to be open to multiple points of view.