Carl Stewart at O'Connor (97 Maitland), to March 6. 416-921-7149. Rating: NNN
Over at o'connor, off church, there's another alt-Valentine's Day show. Ottawa artist Carl Stewart 's homoerotic textile works hang from the gallery walls - big blue boys reclining in front of red-flowered backgrounds. Rather than cupid's arrows piercing a heart, we get anal penetration.
The textile work is delicate even if the subject matter is graphic. The detailed weaving brings out both facial expressions and smaller details like a dangling string of ejaculate.
Franks and beans are rendered with impressive realism.
But it takes more than a penis knit bigger than my head to impress me, and Stewart's work, while more creative than most homoerotica and technically stronger than average, lacks the exceptional voice or idea that could take it to the next level.