4 - 6pm, Saturday 31st Aug
Louise Weaver - Behind the Scenes
In this new and recent series of paintings and sculptures, Weaver continues her investigation of phenomena present in the natural world, creating visual metaphors which evoke transitory experiences and intangible states of being.
Working with a technique that shares processes with analogue photography and printmaking but is anchored in an exploration of the possibilities of painting, Weaver creates a ‘skin’ of paint before applying it to its stretched linen support. The resulting surface of Indra’s Net 2019 resembles a shining amethyst web. The metaphorical ‘Indra’s net’ describes the interconnectedness of the universe with a multifaceted jewel at each vertex, each being reflected in all of the other jewels like raindrops in a spider’s web.
In Tephra 2019 scorched facets and firey red fissures conjure the rock fragments and particles ejected by a volcanic eruption. More Brilliant than the Sun 2016 glows with the warm yellow light of summer while the chlorophyll green of Calyx 2016 is redolent of germination and renewal.
In Renders alike 2019 a gourd is given a new skin of hand crocheted silk, alpaca, cashmere and camel hair. Fold itself around the next 2019 incorporates human hair, naturally occurring materials becoming both subject and medium in these mysterious sculptural pieces. Weaver brings together a diverse tapestry of references and natural observations, distilling them into colour, texture and form in works that are at once tactile and evocative.
Louise Weaver has held regular solo exhibitions since graduating from RMIT with a Masters of Art in 1996. Recent group exhibitions include The Moon, curated by Lisa Sullivan, Geelong Gallery, Victoria, 2019, the touring shows, Soft Core and Obsessed: Compelled to Make (touring to regional galleries until 2020), The Lady and the Unicorn, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2018, Collective Vision: 130 Years, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria 2017, Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990s, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 2017, Sugar Spin: You, Me and Everything, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane 2016, Asian Contemporary Art Exhibition, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea 2015, Colourwheel, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2015 and Hiding in Plain Sight: a selection of works from the Buxton Collection, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, 2015.
The exhibition Between Appearances: Louise Weaver will be presented at Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne towards the end of 2019.
Weaver’s work is held in both local and international collections, including The British Museum, London, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand.
Waterloo 840 Elizabeth Street, Waterloo NSW 2017