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Hot & cold

circa 1991


David McDiarmid


05 Sep 1952 – 25 May 1995

  • Details

    circa 1991
    Media category
    Materials used
    collage on perspex and enamel paint on plywood
    145.4 x 123.5 cm
    Purchased with funds provided by the Patrick White Bequest 2021
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of David McDiarmid/Copyright Agency

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  • About

    The work of David McDiarmid traverses the complex and overlapping histories of art, fashion, craft, gay liberation, music, sex, and identity politics. McDiarmid was an interdisciplinary artist who played a pivotal role in shaping Australian visual culture in the 1980s and 1990s. He was a dedicated gay liberation activist, and his personal politics were intertwined with his art. His work explored and celebrated his own sexual identity while scrutinising the stigmatisation of homosexuality.

    ‘Hot & cold’ is a collage made by David McDiarmid in the early 1990s. With insignia derived from the door of a male public restroom appearing alongside a torn street poster of a topless man wearing a bathroom tap on a chain as a necklace, this work evokes gay male cruising culture and the language of covert signs and symbols it relies on. The poster was for a Belvoir Street Theatre production of ‘Blue Murder’ by Beatrix Christian and depicts actor Jacek Koman.

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