touchy feely at Propeller (984 Queen West) to February 15, opening 7 to 10 pm Friday (February 7). 416-504-7142. Rating: NNNNN
Propeller's Touchy Feely is the sweetest show of the red and pink season. Diverse young artists have submitted a galleryful of work that makes you feel a bit warm and fuzzy inside. Hearts are all the rage here. There's a camouflage heart, a green cement heart, a heart made of human hair, wax hearts and even a real-looking heart made from plastic shopping bags and covered in red paint. There's a photo of Italian dogs nuzzling, a drawing of a bee humping a bird, and stuffed Heartthrob Monsters. Kristiina Lahde's hugs and kisses take the form of a whole lot of Xs and Os on paper.
But your best Valentine's investment is buying Astrid Bin's love. It's for sale. Cheap. If you give her 25 cents, she'll take a Polaroid of you and her and sign it, declaring her undying love for you. But be warned: when the next person gives her a quarter, she dumps you. Really, though, how much love would you expect for a quarter?