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Randy Polumbo, Love Stream

Steven Kasher Gallery
521 West 23rd Street, 212-966-3978
September 13 - September 30, 2012
Reception: Thursday, September 13, 6 - 8 PM
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Randy Polumbo presents “Love Stream,” his most ambitious and monumental work to date in the form of a vintage Airstream aluminum trailer transformed into a stimulating experiential wonderland that is both part amusement park attraction and part Freudian intervention. Also presented are a series of handblown crystal “Udder” formations and techno-organic “Wallflowers” of glass and aluminum that are illuminated with LEDs to create a bioluminescent frenzy on the gallery walls.

Polumbo combines glass and innovative lighting to create environments that speak to our world of pleasure and sensuality. He invites viewers to immerse themselves in an exotic and lurid Garden of Eden blooming with voluptuous handblown glass flora sprouting from every surface.

“Love Stream” is the more resolved and vulnerable sister of Polumbo‚Äôs “The Garden and Grotto of Manifest Destiny” (2008), a solar powered, mobile, military command post overrun with blossoms comprised of hundreds of commercial sex toys illuminated with thousands of LEDs.

Polumbo riffs on symmetries and interconnecting webs, linking libidinal structures, galactic exploration, constellations, pollination, pistols, stamens, and biological processes throughout the animal and plant kingdoms. In equal parts Dr. Frankenstein and Dr. Freud, Polumbo infuses troubling topics with alchemical salvation rendering the truth and beauty at the heart of dark matters, colonizing the unconscious with colorful seeds.
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