Gabriel Dawe, Plexus No. 25
Image courtesy josephraffertyphotography.com
Opening reception Thursday, June 5th 2014
Public opening Friday, June 6th 2014
Exhibition on view June 5 – August 31, 2014
Originally from Mexico City, Gabriel 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 centered in the exploration of textiles, aiming to examine the complicated construction of gender and identity in his native Mexico and attempting to subvert the notions of masculinity and machismo prevalent in the present day. His work has been exhibited in the US, Canada, Belgium, and the UK.
After living in Montreal, Canada for 7 years, he moved to Dallas, Texas, where he obtained his MFA at the University of Texas at Dallas. For the final two years of his degree, he was an artist in residence at CentralTrak, the Artist in Residency program at UTD. His work has been featured in numerous publications around the world, including Sculpture magazine, the cover of the 12th edition of Art Fundamentals published by McGraw-Hill, and in author Tristan Manco’s book Raw + Material = Art. He is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Zadok Gallery in Miami and by Lot 10 Gallery in Brussels.
Hello CAM Raleigh readers! My name is Sarah Fox, and I was a Program Intern at CAM Raleigh for the Spring 2013 semester. My background is in architectural design as I am a current 5th year architecture student at the NCSU College of Design. This internship gave me the opportunity to explore museum life as well as the opportunity to better understand the role of an educator in the arts.
During my time at CAM, I was lucky enough to participate in weekend workshops, First Fridays, and Family Sundays. Each of these activities involve introducing the community to various art and design projects. The weekend workshops are generally for middle and high school students but several are also open to adults. These workshops concentrate on a certain skill or idea such as urban drawing or photoshop work. First Fridays incorporate an activity that relates to the current exhibitions. This way, museum patrons can interact with the artwork in a capacity for making rather than just viewing. For Family Sundays, the museum opens the classroom for families to enjoy a making a simple project together.
One of my favorite weekend workshops was the Alistair McClymont tornado making artist workshop. High School and Middle School aged children gathered in teams to make a tornado. This was made with a cardboard box structure with side vents, dry ice, and a fan to suck the dry ice vapor through the top of the box. Everyone had a fantastic time and Alistair was on hand to teach this technique to the kids. Alistair had a much larger version of the tornado on exhibit in the museum, sans dry ice. This video shows one of the final, spinning products!
As in intern, I am tasked with planning one of the First Friday Creation Station projects. I chose to relate my project to Ryan Travis Christian's exhibition in the lower gallery. Ryan's work is inspired by 1930's cartoons and pop art. It is full of bold radial lines and personified characters. Drawing from these themes, I decided to present black and white decorated glasses as the activity for the Creation Station. The glasses frames were provided, and the museum patrons could make a pattern on the lenses that evoked the spirit of Ryan Travis Christian's work. This event was wildly fun as everyone wore their glasses around the museum to look at the art.
My first Family Sunday was in the month of February. As a result, it was Valentine's Day themed! We made "love bugs;" little creatures made from construction paper heart shapes. Children and parents alike had a great time gluing on googly eyes to their precious creatures.
This is only a small survey of the wonderful programs I took part in creating during my time at CAM Raleigh. I learned so much about planning crafts for people of all ages and techniques to connect the museum-goers with the art in a more three dimensional way. Working with the fantastic staff and patrons here at the museum has been one of my most rewarding and fun experiences. I hope to be involved with CAM for a long time to come.
My name is Travis Walsh. I'm a graduate of Apex High School and I have spent my spring semester as an Education Intern for CAM Raleigh. Over the past four months I have had the time of my life helping out around CAM. I have had the chance to help out with some amazing programs such as Arthouse 2013, the Teen Art Exhibition, and First Friday and work with artists like Ryan Travis Christian.
Before coming to CAM I had never been a part of First Friday. So I wasn't really sure what to expect. It was a very new and different experience. I ran the Creation Station at the March First Friday where we made broaches with volunteers from Oaks + Spokes. People of all ages came and enjoyed the creation station. They always had smiles on their faces and were raving about First Friday.
Towards the end of my internship I had a chance to work with CAM's Teen Council on the Teen Art Exhibition. I was tasked with collecting and cataloging art for the exhibition. The theme for the show was "Greater Than, Less Than" and it encouraged students to work on a very large scale or a very small scale. Pieces ranged from a robot the size of your finger to an eight foot wide painting of a cow. When the show opened people were able to cast ballots for their favorite pieces. The show drew tons of attention during the May First Friday.
I have to say my favorite time at CAM was when I helped out Cayce Lee with her all day printmaking workshop. I have never had the chance to work with printmaking before, so it was a learning process for me as well. The workshop taught students basic print making skills and how to use stencils to design t-shirts. I had the chance to do some printing myself and had tons of fun helping out Cayce with her workshop.
My time here at CAM has been an unforgettable experience. From painting walls to sorting papers, I feel like I have done it all. My internship has helped me realize that Raleigh has a booming art culture that isn't going to stop growing anytime soon. My time here at CAM has been amazing, and I look forward to helping out with future events.
Please visit our new CAM Raleigh Photography Store to view photos from Arthouse. Browse photos from the CAM/corder, the InfraRed Photo Booth, and from our photographer, Joseph Rafferty. Purchase prints and other items with photos from the party! Proceeds from your purchase go to CAM Raleigh operations and programs. Thank you for joining us at Arthouse 2013, and we hope to see you at the Museum again soon!