Stephan Willats

Galerie Lumen Travo

The English artist Stephen Willats investigates identity and interpersonal relationships with the aid of diagrams, photomontages, and articles of clothing he began designing during the ’60s. In his recent solo show, he presented a number of works from his ongoing “Multiple Clothing Series,” 1992–. Rather than serve as hermetic art objects, these mix-and-match PVC garments invite viewers to participate in an interactive social experiment.

Clothing is, of course, tied to the representation of the wearer’s personality, and here the need for personal expression was pushed to the limit, not without a degree of humor. Willats displays the garments in clusters, each of which is given a title, such as Modern Dress, Free Expression Positive Feedback, or Open System. Those who wear the clothing—or others who simply visit the show—can change its message as the impulse strikes by sticking, clipping,

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