Sydney

Louise Weaver

Darren Knight Gallery

Louise Weaver uses thread to knit and crochet coverings for antlers, cups, branches, and lightbulbs. The humble objects this young artist creates are delicately and intensely erotic, resonating with great poignancy. The art in her recent exhibition was intensely iconic, like a late-’90s reworking of Beuys, without the earlier artist’s belief but with the affect. The domestic impact and size of I am transforming an antler into a piece of coral by crocheting its entire surface, 1995, is that of an item in a miniature curiosity cabinet: works like these are transformations of quotidian things modified by structures deeply familiar from Modernist abstraction, but mediated through criteria that are so obscure as to be impossible to judge.

Through a cursory but exquisite replication of the look of nonobjective art, Weaver creates a generalized congruence between antlers and two art-historical

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