Gabriel Dawe is one of the 13 artists whose work is on view in MiTierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place. Below is an excerpt of an interview with Dawe, which will appear in the catalog that accompanies the exhibition:
"My work has to do with light, so the fourth-floor Hamilton Building 'prow' is a really appropriate space because in my imagination the installation is somehow coming through the long window that’s there. My installation is not only light but fragmented light, a spectrum of color. The project integrates a double spectrum, but ordered in a way that is new to my work. I had been playing with the idea of harmonic disruption, and while experimenting in the studio, I came to a solution that alternates two shifted spectrums in a single sequence. This results in a striping effect, instead of having the colors blend in a gradient—a graphic component that hasn’t been present in my work as boldly as it is here.
You have to see my work in person; it’s both a blessing and a curse because you have to experience the work to fully grasp what it is. In On the Nature of Things, written about 100 B.C.E., the poet and philosopher Lucretius talks about how everything consists of atoms and voids—there’s substance to everything, even light. I try to bring materiality to light in my installations, to physically manifest something that’s really not physical. The immaterial and the material exist together.
My work plays with the perception of the viewer. The installations are geometrical, structured, and also expansive and ethereal. In contrast, when they are deinstalled, they become dense and organic; they regain a different type of materiality. My process is a type of modern-day alchemy because I am using a material—thread—in a way that is not conventional to become something magical."