a lathe-turned baseball with a metal zipper head and inset wooden zipper, and Baseball Bat, also 1996, an elegant objectanimal made of ebonized walnut, are humorously low-brow forays into conceptual art. The toys, incongruously, have more complex, adult themes. Several of them, Rattle, 2001, and Doubled Breasted Yo-Yo with Blacklace, Velvet-Lined, SatinStrapped, Demi-Cup Carrying Case, 1998, play with ideas of the nourishing and erotic breast, and are wonderfully fetishistic.
Michael Brolly's sculptures are strange and powerful, and not just from the use of bizarre creatures as subject matter, but from the passion, eroticism and insane amount of time he invests in them. Yet, Brolly's humor and graciousness are just as deeply embedded in the work, which draws the viewer into a groovy, psychosexual universe of friendly monsters.