Clifford Landon Pun’s “Opium, No Pun Intended,” depicts a nude man, decked out in jewels and flip-flops, on his back in an erotic thrall, advertising Yves Saint Laurent’s fragrance. He’s not the woman you’d expect in such a scene, but he plays the object of desire perfectly. He could be the young man in Lim Sokchanlina’s photo “Thief,” wearing swim trunks and a tie, standing alluringly in front of a motorcycle.
There’s a lot to see in this show, which makes no moral judgments and includes sex-positive sex workers alongside those some might see as oppressed. But it’s hard to unpack these complex themes when pieces by more than 50 artists are jammed into not enough space.
Cate McQuaid can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.