Yael Brotman to the west. Miklos Legrady to the east. Never the twain shall meet. Each artist has been given half the gallery to overfill (this could easily have been two solo exhibits), and the show is seriously unbalanced. On the west wall, Brotman presents her signature acrylics on paper, their mono-colour backgrounds revealing textured strokes on closer examination. Her subjects are diverse and often bizarre: a thin fish swims in front of a lace hanky; a dog curls up in a corner near a swatch of flowered wallpaper that floats in front of a relatively massive horn; a sphere rests unnaturally on an unfinished chair. Some are delicate, others brutish.
A number of works in the front room have been clustered in a grid, so they lose their individuality in a pattern of colour and form. The effect is intentional but unfortunate, as their subject matter is buried.
Brotman's Drawers Of Water series is serene. The image of a woman stooping to collect a bucket of water from a stream is repeated several times, each scene less murky than the last. There's a sense of peace, as if early-morning darkness were gradually lifting.
In stark contrast are Legrady's acrylic paintings on the east wall. Large black-and-white back-lit street scenes are mirrored at the centre to create symmetrically split canvases. Other pieces include a few so-so small portraits and ho-hum holographic images.
None of it is terribly compelling , and it suffers in comparison to Brotman's much smaller yet more engaging work.
If you go, go west.
Yael Brotman/Miklos Legrady at Loop (1174 Queen West) to June 23. 416-516-2581. Rating: NN