as a girl, i sometimes got dragged along to go fishing with my dad and brothers. I was usually bored senseless. I might have been more turned on if we'd been using some of Lori Newdick's lures.Lure is the title of Newdick's latest show. She's taken colourful fishing lures from her grandfather's tackle box and photographed them in extreme close-up against a watery blue background. Then she's enlarged the images to anthropomorphic size -- glossy sea creatures revelling in their full seductive splendour.
If you contemplate these objects long enough, they start to look like individual women telling stories about the thrill and menace of desire and the sexual hunt.
There's the bottle-blond Yellow Temptress, cheap and cheerful, her mouth a swath of bright red lipstick.
The fresh young Jail Bait is still boyishly slim and transparent but has a flirty fringed tail signalling her availability. Dying Flutter makes you wonder if her markings are a healthy post-coital glow or the sad tartings-up of an aging hooker.
And, of course, the mysterious Madame X, in her bone-coloured, minimalist elegance, is unquestionably the aristocrat of Newdick's very catchy, classy show.
LORI NEWDICK at Jane Corkin Gallery (179 John, suite 302) to April 6. 416-979-1980. Rating: NNN