Ever wondered what it would look like if you walked in and interrupted someone else's erotic dream? That's how this moment feels in William Barnhart's tribute to the Paula Cole song "Feelin' Love". Characteristic of the subconscious from which the dream is born, Barnhart buries two simple but powerful words from the song into the scene: "Horny". "Amazon".
Artist James Swinson grew up in the ruff n' gruff, freewheeling LA punk scene of the 70's and 80's. His gritty tribute to Iggy Pop's "Lust For Life" captures the spirt of a song which serves as an anthem to those Hollywood streets and all those who party on them still today.
Pam Grier, AKA "Foxy Brown" epitomizes the Black Siren sex symbol. Her powerful, seductive gaze dares you to look at her gorgeous naked body. This challenge is the perfect fit for Peter Horvath's tribute to Jim Morrison's lyrics: "Do you think you'll be the guy to make the queen of the angels sigh" from the song "Hello, I love you"
Artist Eva Lewarne never passes up an opportunity to poke the bear - or the mouse, as the case may be. Placing Mickey Mouse at the crotch of a sexualized young woman is a brisk slap in the face of commercialism and its role in the loss of female innocence. Thank you Pink Floyd for inspiring Eva with your provocative poetry from The Wall.
"Dancing closely, barely breathing" are the lyrics from the Debbie Harry/Blondie song "Rapture" that Peter Horvath found inspirational as he pays tribute to the sexy queen of New Wave. The time and place of Blondie's rule is richly captured in the textured layers that are the hallmark of Horvath's collage technique.
Marvin Gaye coined the phrase "sexual healing" in his 1982 soul-funk classic, and LA artist Donna Isham uses a cool combination of abstract and figurative styles to capture that feelin'-of-the- healin'.
The Police released a song in 1980 that pretty much said it all about the forbidden love between teacher and student. Artist Jack Avestiyan uses the title "Don't Stand So Close To Me" as inspiration for his narrative about a timeless lust story that spans the ages.
Playboy Magazine and other's like it have been the inspiration for countless private fantasies, but only a tragic select few have had their "blood run cold" when their homeroom angel becomes a centerfold. Artist Lionel Dumas teams up with The J. Geils Band for his nostalgic and whimsical reflection on those naughty pages in-between.
The Weeknd probably didn't imagine Mickey Mouse as the protagonist in their story about taking lustful behavior to new highs, but LA artist THEBLENQ did and thankfully so. (Unlikely that this is a "ride" that will be offered at Disneyland anytime soon.)
The classic Peggy Lee song "Fever" oozes with seductive sounds and imagery. Master digital artist Alan Bodner invites us into a room bathed in morning half-light where a lusty fever is on the rise.
Madonna dominated the 80's with her empowered female sex symbol persona driven by catchy pop hits. The lyrics in the song "Erotica" inspired LA artist Lucky Luie to use a collage of Madonna's kindred siren-spirits to punctuate the power of owning one's sexuality.
Legendary surrealist and album cover artist Paul Whitehead loves to attack social taboos head-on with a hatchet; the bloodier the carnage the better. In his tribute to the song "I'll Die For You" by Garbage, Paul uses "sinful" images of lust to cut down what he sees as the folly of the world's major religions.
Def Leopard is legendary for their lustful antics off-stage and hard-driving party songs about their love - or lust - for the female human species. LA artist Lucky Luie connects the dots between a classic bombshell from the animation world and Def Leopard's racy lyrics from "Pour Some Sugar On Me".
Hard to imagine an exhibition on songs about lust and not include a song from the artist formally known as Prince. Artist EK2 creates a sexy skateboard swing fit for a prince.
Artist EK2 teams up with female hip hop performer Cardi B for a lucite artwork inspired by the bold and racy acronym lyric "WAP". (In case you're not hip enough to know, WAP stands for "Wet Ass Pussy". Consider yourself informed.)
Chris Isaak's haunting song about the tension between love and lust has surely been the soundtrack for countless steamy encounters between the sheets. French artist Julien Calot uses the entire song's lyrics as inspiration for his watery blue dreamland filled with sexy beasts of all kinds.
Broken glass shards, mother of pearl, brick and mortar, and steel rods are the materials used by LA artist Mike Cohen in his sparkly Rolling Stones tribute "It's Just A Kiss Away".
"I want you, I want you so bad, it's driving me mad" are lyrics to the Beatles song about intense craving. French artist Vianne Savoli uses her trademark "faceless Barbies" in a scene rich with imagery from the subconscious to comment on what it is to want someone, or something, so badly it drives you mad.
Toronto artist Eva Lewarne uses the bawdy lyrics to the Queen classic song "Fat Bottomed Girls" as inspiration for her painting highlighting the qualities of a big tuchus.