'Love Stream' by Randy Polumbo

Polished metal, found objects, glowing glass and pulsing LEDs

by Valentina Ieva
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Art Basel Miami 2012 (December 5–8, 2012). Love Stream is the culmination of a decade of exploration in luminous, seductive materials and reproductive symbolism. Polished metal, found objects, glowing glass, and pulsing LEDs, forged into images of pollination, consumption, and other structures like the food chain or libidinal economies blossom with their purest intensity ever. 

These elements are focused and concentrated into an instrument the viewer can inhabit physically, or peer into; part interactive reflecting pool, and part libidinal/psychological probe. Like Wilhelm Reich’s Orgone Accumulator, Woody Allen’s Orgasmatron, a Skinner Box, the booth-like confessional at the Catholic church, it focuses a certain energy in a way that is inspiring and revealing, a libidinal particle accelerator.       

LOVE and “Love Stream” are a cure for everything!  I believe there is a tendency to sublimate or repress material that is complex, confusing, troubling, overstimulating, or even simply true. There is also a human desire to put things in compartments and sort them into extremes: black/white, happy/sad, ugly/pretty.

The richest experiences are hybrids of all this.  I am excited about unpacking, scrambling, and re-ordering the unconscious sinkholes and making more room to be curious and share wonderment at the seething mess and caterwauling storm that is humanity and its mother nature. 

Randy Polumbo lives and works in New York City & Joshua Tree, California.  His interests in recycling, salvation, and transformation range from early mad science projects with medical supplies and sex toys to monumental, hand blown glass and crystal proliferations of “blossoms.”  He is symbolically colonizing, pollinating, and retooling libidinal and biological systems daily.

A graduate of The Cooper Union School of Art, Polumbo especially loves New York City where folks are quite literally consumed by their desire and appetite for substances, sensory experience, or other “input,” and most everything can be a reproductive object in such a highly charged and condensed economy.

Polumbo is also a LEED accredited master builder, and a uniquely alchemical designer creating spaces out of salvaged and unwanted mostly industrial “treasures,” inextricably weaving passion and practice.

Current work includes a large loft commission designed and built largely from scrapped items originating from Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory, and extensive use of plants, from hydroponic gardens, plant walls, to a green roof and food garden and site specific artworks.  Large commissions in the studio include a polished aluminum and crystal environment for a collector in Palm Beach.

Photo credist: Courtesy of Randy Polumbo


    • Valentina Ieva

      Valentina Ieva


      Bari / Italy

      Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al)