Telephone is a sculpture made from a re-purposed phone booth filled with blown glass, aluminum, silver and LEDS. Anyone familiar with local artist Randy Polumbo from Previous Posts here on The Gig will recognize his work immediately.
Telephone Interior Detail
Photographed at the Portal Art Fair, held at Federal Hall National Memorial in NYC, May 2016.
Update: Randy informs me that this piece is on exhibit at The Hollows, located at 151 Bedford Ave. (between N8 and N9) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for most of the Summer, too!
Randy Polumbo’s delightful Love Stream Trailer installation at Steven Kasher Gallery was one of our favorite exhibits of 2112, so what a special surprise it was to stumble upon Randy’s latest work in the midst of our very ambitious September 11th Art Crawl!
Polumbo’s pop up installation, Tunnel of Love currently resides in the space at 511 West 27th Street formerly occupied by the Paul Kasmin Shop (which is moving locations). That narrow storefront has been transformed into a reflective-surfaced silver space whose walls and contents tend to disorient in the same manner as a carnival fun house attraction, and that is exactly the appeal. The Tunnel of Love pulls you off of the street and immediately immerses you in a fantasy world where everything is source of wonder. People were literally freaking out in this place.
On display are several few Polumbo’s signature blown glass floral lamp sculptures, some of which look more phallic than others.
At the rear of the “Tunnel” are stacked silver fabric cushions that we also saw inside the Love Steam, where you can rest your feet and enjoy the visuals! Also, Selfies!
Randy Polumbo was at the installation on the night I stopped by (the exhibition had just opened the previous evening) and let me tell you, he is handsome like a movie star. I had the chance to talk to him about how much I enjoyed the Love Stream Trailer, and he was very nice and seemed genuinely appreciative that I already knew his art. What a cool guy!
Illuminated Crystal Handbag Video Installation
Randy Polumbo’s Tunnel of Love Installation will be up at 511 West 27th Street (Between 10th and 11th Avenues) Until October 25th, 2014. The space is open late (until 8 PM ) On Wednesdays and Thursdays. Find Out More About the Art of Randy Polumbo at Polumbo Dot Com.
Photo Above Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery. All Other Photos by Gail.
Randy Polumbo’s Love Stream installation was a last minute addition to this week’s art crawl thanks exclusively to an enticing blurb in the weekend edition of Daily Candy. So, props to Daily Candy for turning us on to a thoroughly squeal-inducing exhibit! Seriously you’ve gotta check this one out!
Love Stream Rear Exterior Shot
In Polumbo’s most ambitious and monumental work to date, the artist has transformed a vintage Airstream aluminum trailer into a stimulating experiential wonderland that is both part amusement park attraction and part Freudian intervention.
It’s Me! In the Love Stream!
Surprisingly, there was not much of a wait to explore the interior of the Love Stream, decked out as it is like Warhol’s Factory in silver upholstered cushions! We want to live in it!
Also part of the exhibit are a series of hand-blown crystal Udder formations (we do not have any photos of those, but they are pretty cool) and techno-organic Wallflowers of glass and aluminum that are illuminated with LEDs to create a bioluminescent frenzy on the gallery walls. Bioluminescence!
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. As subtly hinted at by the detail on this sculpture, seen below, Polumbo has previously created art with repurposed sex toys, and his work is also on exhibit at NYC’s Museum Of Sex. We recommend a visit there as well.
Randy Polumbo’s Love Stream will be on Exhibit Through September 29th, 2012, so don’t delay in planning your visit! Steven Kasher Gallery is Located at 521 West 23rd Street, Street Level, New York, NY 10011. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.