June 23 - August 31, 2012
Gabriel Dawe was born in Mexico Citywhere he grew up surrounded by the intensity and color of Mexican culture. After working as a graphic designer, he moved to Montreal,Canada in 2000 following a desire to explore foreign land. In search for creative freedom he started experimenting and creating artwork, which eventually led him to explore textiles and embroidery — activities traditionally associated with women and which were forbidden for a boy growing up in Mexico. Because of this, his work is subversive of notions of masculinity and machismo that are so ingrained in his culture. By working with thread, textiles, straight pins and clothing, Dawe’s work has evolved into creating large-scale installations with thread, and intimate sculptural works of thousands of straight pins stuck through various garments.