Conduit Gallery's summer exhibit includes Blinding Pain by Gabriel Dawe and Orange Sunshine by Gabriel Dawe in the main galleries, with Jill Storthz's New Woodcuts in the project room.
Gabriel Dawe was born in Mexico City, where 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.
Rex Ray is one of San Francisco’s most accomplished and prolific visual artists. Known to traverse both the design and art worlds, Ray’s art can be found in museums and galleries, as well as rock clubs and on Swatch watches. Paper pieces, cut from fashion magazines and hand painted, are assembled by Ray to create brightly colored collages that range from delicate botanicals to ebullient constellations and modernist sequences.
San Francisco-based artist Jill Storthz exhibits a series of wood block prints that are each carved from a single block from the Japanese basswood, Shina. The method Storthz uses to create these prints is reductive, also called “suicide method” as there is a single one block of wood used and no “going back” should a mistake be made. These prints are often unique or run in a very small edition of two or three. When the print is finished, Storthz is left with a hollowed out piece of wood so that the same image could never be reprinted.