Love/Lust A different take on Valentine's day

If your reaction to this year's Valentine's Day is a long, disinterested moan of discomfort and boredom you are not alone. Luckily, a new exhibition that has just opened its doors in Boston can be a good cure to fight the lack of seasonal spirit. Boston Sculptors Gallery has put together a collection of works that go from the most sugar coated clichés of romanticism to the most heightened, and sometimes explicit, climax of lust. The show is a good way to get you warmed up for the season and get a break from the frigid temperatures while spicing things up a bit until the snow melts down.

Boston Sculptors Gallery boasts a prime location in Harrison Avenue in Boston, one of the hot spots of the city's cultural scene.

The exhibition displays almost 100 works by 37 artists. They explore the almost perpetual topics of love and lust while trying to bring a new approach. To do so, the artists have used a wide variety of mediums, ranging from the traditional – such as wood, metal or paper- to alternative materials like toys, lights, found objects and mechanical gadgets. The artworks sell for prices that go from $100 to $500. The event is an annual fundraiser for the Boston Sculptors Gallery, which has been running as a cooperative since 1992.

Some of the pieces exhibited at Love/Lust.

Peter Hines is one of the founding members of Boston Sculptors Gallery. He was a self-taught painter before becoming a sculptor at age 29. He sold his first art piece when he was still in college for $5.

One of Hines' pieces, called Two in Balance
"'s very abstract, but it's the way I see it."
"This is the anti-Valentine's Day show"

One of the co-organizers of this show, artist Andrea Thompson wanted to have as many takes on the issue of love and lust as possible.

One of Thompson's pieces is formed by two spheres covered in text from romantic novels and filled with gold leaf.
"We all have different interpretations of these two words."

Artist Christina Zwart says there are many interpretations of what love and lust mean. The variety of pieces in this exhibition guarantees that "there is a little bit of something for everybody."

One of Zwart's pieces, a cast of the hands of a woman embracing her lover's back.

Javier Barbuzano for #jo704


Javier Barbuzano

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