“Plexus No. 36” by Gabriel Dawe
Literally a rainbow of threads, Gabriel Dawe’s Plexus installation in the Denver Art Museum spans the width of the biggest corner of the exhibit. I took a mathematical approach to analyzing the feathery-light and colorful piece strung between two walls, illuminated by an enormous window of sunlight. The installation is so deliberate, so calculated, and is not random in the slightest (despite being a cascade of 65 miles of threadwork). It’s asymmetrical and organic while being straight and fixed in place. 33 unique separations of groups of threads connect and wrap the piece through itself. The groups of colors are clear and separated — 5 of the same color in each group. The whole piece is mathematical and organic at the same time.