By David Balzer
Sex Pots II
Prime Gallery's “Sex Pots II” group show may have some superficial strikes against it – it opened on Valentine's Day with a correspondingly gimmicky theme (craft and sex!) and a gratingly punny title – but the work is strong, and the intrinsic affiliations between the show's predominating ceramic medium and its, um, massage justify the theme. Ceramics having a palpable engagement with the body both in production (think Ghost, if you must) and when finished, as accessories, utensils and, of course, sex toys (though, despite the preponderance of phalluses here, there's nary a ceramic dildo to be found). Unsurprisingly, then, eating provides some of the most effective, entertaining forays: Robin Tieu has made an extra-priapic pestle to go with an unusually small mortar; Mimi Cabri has made Fauvist Love Cups; and Andrée Wejsmann, who contributes one of the show's non-ceramic pieces, has made cookie cutters in the shape of bunnies fucking. LE Gallery's Julie Moon trumps all, however, with a luscious, fun and utterly creepy sculpture that has nothing to do with cooking or dinnerware per se, but looks as if it might take a bite out of you: a floral patterned piece of porcelain in a blobby U-shape, with distended ends capped off by little, toothy, red-lipped mouths. Testicles dentatae, anyone?
“SEX POTS II” RUNS TO MARCH 24. WED-SAT 11AM-5PM. PRIME GALLERY, 52 MCCAUL. 416-593-5750. WWW.PRIMEGALLERY.CA.