Art

David Wills

Work

Libidinal Cement

While sourcing imagery to use in collages in the 1990s, I began to notice and gather advertisements and editorial content featuring near-naked torsos posing in underwear, or undies as they’re known in Australia.

Once mainly utilitarian, underwear’s fetishistic qualities were unleashed with clever marketing. Rampant consumerism and provocative advertisements designed to seduce us ensured that Calvin’s became the standard, their iconic elastic bands proudly peeking out above low-riding jeans. Preying on insecurities, the ads provided hope that by donning these briefs we’d soon attract the object of our dreams, likely also wearing perfectly fitting knickers.

Libidinal Cement comprises three large acrylic discs laser-cut with peepholes to give a voyeuristic quality. Each disc features a single collection of cropped into underwear: pink panties, white briefs, and garish stars and stripes.

Libidinal Cement, 2007. Magazine tear-outs behind acrylic laser-cut peepholes with a diameter of 120 cm. Exhibited at Loose Projects, Sydney, April – May 2007.

other collage projects

Beagle

Beagle

Natural Characters

Natural Characters