Michael Davidson at the Katharine Mulherin Gallery (1086 Queen West), to March 10. 416-537-8827. Rating: NNN
can painting be an aphrodisiac, a covert pleasure, a veiled vice? If so, Michael Davidson is leading a secret life with paint. In his most recent show, he exercises some pretty high-strung visual nerves. Davidson's internal meanderings with abstract painting have a guileless quality; you can see his painted layers even if you're not schooled.
The active surfaces, though, do convey a stabilized state and sense of resolution. Works like Lock And It Will Open and Sympathy Vibration Fortress illustrate this perfectly, employing buttery, mayonnaisey paint in compositions at once lush and restrained. Send listings to email@example.com