Randy Polumbo | Love Stream #2, 2012 | airstream aluminum trailer, glass, aluminum and LEDs | 9 x 18 x 7 ½ feet | Commissioned by Beth Rudin DeWoody | Courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
Location: Collins Park
Love Stream #2, Randy Polumbo’s most ambitious and monumental work to date, transforms a vintage Airstream aluminum trailer into a stimulating experiential wonderland, part amusement-park attraction and part psychoanalytic intervention. 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 hand-blown glass flora sprouting from every surface. Evoking images and objects from floral forms to children’s toys, “they become emissaries of love in all its forms, part Dr. Frankenstein and part 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.” Polumbo’s interest in alteration and transformation range from early mad science projects with medical supplies, sporting goods, and sex toys, to monumental, hand-blown glass and crystal proliferations of blossoms. Symbolic colonization, pollination, and retooling of libidinal and biological systems are part of his practice.