By: Sergio Santos
Going to Lowe’s Hardware is a practical occurrence for most people. However, for Gabriel Dishaw, of Fishers, Indiana, it’s a place where he mentally disassembles the technology before him. “I might look and see and say wow—if I took that apart that might be the lower part of a horse. I’m constantly kind of looking at my surroundings and reimagining that thing, really not for its inherent purpose or what it was bought for, but what it could be,“ says Dishaw.
It is evident by perusing the myriad of sculptures Dishaw has assembled that this process of mental disassembly is not limited to Lowe’s hardware. All types of technology, ranging from computer parts to old type writers and adding machines, are sorted, compartmentalized and then used to create breathtaking new feats of art. Dishaw works on one project at a time. Smaller pieces take him 40 to 50 hours to assemble, whereas a larger scale piece can take around 120 hours of labor to produce. To date, he’s made over 200 pieces and is still counting.
Dishaw reflects, “I love the process. That’s really what I thrive off of, actually. It’s not even the end product. It’s really the process of taking things apart and then creating or assembling them into something different.” This process works particularly well with Star Wars pieces. The force is strong with Dishaw as he fully identifies as a fan, growing up with all the toys, movies and even reading the books.
It’s better that it doesn’t end up in a landfill. I’m trying to do my part I guess
Like many artists, Dishaw turns to social media to successfully promote his work. His work is high quality and has seemingly no trouble turning heads. “I try to be as authentic as possible. I try to show the process, because I think that’s also what intrigues people about this – its understanding the process,” says Dishaw. Seeing the drawers and drawers of technological bits in the artist’s studio pop up in the background of his works on Instagram is indeed intriguing and impressive at the same time. It’s no wonder Dishaw has found collectors both in the U.S. and abroad equally.
As visually awe inspiring as Dishaw’s pieces are, there is definitely a deeper consciousness at work in his creations. “I think at the end of the day, my art is just kind of pop-culture stuff that I like to do, right?” asks Dishaw. “But then there’s this kind of underlying message about this idea of just recycling . . . we live (Americans, specifically do) . . . in this kind of disposable world. Especially with technology and innovations happening so quickly. I just think we have to look at this stuff differently and in a creative way. It’s better that it doesn’t end up in a landfill. I’m trying to do my part I guess.”
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