Gabi Dao

Gabi Dao (b. 1991) addresses the structures that influence biography, history and memory. ​Her interdisciplinary practice insists on counter-memory, hyphenation, multiple truths and blurred temporalities through the pursuit of sculpture, installation, moving image and sound. Dao is a co-organizer of exhibitions, readings, musical performances and other happenings at Avenue (2013-2015) and Duplex Artist Society (2015-present). She has recently exhibited at the Kamias Triennale, Quezon City, Philippines (2020); the Nanaimo Art Gallery (2017) and Vancouver institutions such as grunt gallery, Simon Fraser University’s Audain Gallery (both 2019); the Western Front, Artspeak (both 2017); 221a and Spare Room (both 2015).

News

forthcoming 2 person exhibition with geetha thurairajah, Unit 17 2020

Exhibitions

SOOT (2017)

Crocodile Tears (2020)

Please contact the gallery for links to films & videos by the artist

i and you, you and i, 2019 (detail) tempered glass, beaded curtain, aluminum,

UV reducing vinyl, transducer, audio, 193cm x 86cm x 121cm

i and you, you and i, 2019 (detail)

a sentimental dissidence, installation view, grunt gallery (Vancouver)
multi-media sound, video and sculpture installation, bench, carpet, coloured lighting, dimensions variable

a sentimental dissidence, installation view, grunt gallery (Vancouver)
multi-media sound, video and sculpture installation, bench, carpet, coloured lighting, dimensions variable

i and you, you and i, 2019, tempered glass, beaded curtain, aluminum,

UV reducing vinyl, transducer, audio, 193cm x 86cm x 121cm

a sentimental dissidence, installation view, grunt gallery (Vancouver)
multi-media sound, video and sculpture installation, bench, carpet, coloured lighting, dimensions variable

ode to you, 2019 (detail) empty cans of coconut water, dried bladder cherry flowers,

photograph, LED lights behind the video screen, dimensions variable

Coco Means Ghost, 2019 (still) HD video and stereo sound, 25m24s

Coco Means Ghost, 2019 (still) HD video and stereo sound, 25m24s

Excerpts from the Domestic Cinema Ch.1 and Ch.2, 2019, installation view, Audain Gallery (Vancouver),

video and sculpture installation, beaded curtains, carpet, cushioned seating, dimensions variable

Excerpts from the Domestic Cinema Ch.1 and Ch.2, 2019, installation view, Audain Gallery (Vancouver)

Excerpts from the Domestic Cinema Ch.1 and Ch.2, 2019, installation view, Audain Gallery (Vancouver)

Excerpts from the Domestic Cinema Ch.1 and Ch.2, 2019 (detail) beaded curtains, 356cm x 906 cm x 1cm

Excerpts from the Domestic Cinema Ch.1, 2019 (still) HD video and stereo sound, 12m50s

Excerpts from the Domestic Cinema Ch.1, 2019

Excerpts from the Domestic Cinema Ch.1, 2019 (still)

Excerpts from the Domestic Cinema Ch.2, 2019 (still) HD video and stereo sound, 13m08s

How difficult it is to keep our records clean (innocent record, technical dirt), 2018 (detail) animatronic

hand, acrylic nails and accessories, bamboo, lens cleaning cloths, dimensions variable

How difficult it is to keep our records clean (innocent record, technical dirt), 2018 (detail)

The Protagonists, 2018 (still) HD video and stereo sound, 08m09s

The Protagonists, 2018 (still)

Many, Looks, Work, 2017 (detail) acrylic nails and accessories, gelatin, makeup, dirt, other bits of detritus, copper wire, micas, clays, jumper cables, jewellery chain, chain from broken lighting fixture, false eyelashes, nail polish, sowing pins, dried white prune, dried flowers, knotty pine, dimensions variable

Many, Looks, Work, 2017 (detail)

Polished Like a Shell, Curled Up in a Spiral and Voices Tuned, 2017, installation view, Artspeak (Vancouver)
CNC milled polystyrene foam, epoxy, minerals, clays, wood filler, matching radio receivers, pirate radio transmission, dimensions variable

Curled Up in a Spiral and Voices Tuned, 2017

Figure of the Ear at the Centre of Machine, 2015, assorted microphones, mixer, powered speakers, field recorder, MDF, framing lumber, assorted textiles, carpet, some clothing, jumper cable, a collection of bottles and kitchenware, clothing hanger, LED lights, sandpaper, cardboard tube, paper, polystyrene, fake nails, metal rod, non-perishable groceries, bits of plastic, drill, rice, dried beans, assorted sheets of plastic and metal, paper, make up, an orange, glove, rubber ball, a small collection of ceramic vessels, glass vase, fan, bag of starch, guitar strings, dimensions variable

Figure of the Ear at the Centre of Machine, 2015 (detail)

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