Artist Rad Roubeni Hosting a Month-Long Gallery Show Inside Former Chase Bank on Delancey

Posted on: December 19th, 2014 at 5:38 am by

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The former Chase Bank is gutted

So it looks like the old Chase bank branch at 104 Delancey Street has morphed into a pseudo gallery space, albeit a temporary one. At least until the landlord can find a suitable tenant willing to foot the bill. We saw workers cleaning up the other night for a similar event.

After two years of decline, the dusty former financial institution was put to a complete different use. Sculpture art by Urs Fischer, curated by the Gagosian Gallery last April. That stunt installation lasted for about a month; Ricky’s then opened a Halloween costume shop five months later. Now, however, the showroom atmosphere at 104 Delancey will continue on Sunday with a solo exhibition called “Public Display: Streetscapes,” by Tehran-born Rad Roubeni. Opening reception starts at 4pm.

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Rad Roubeni

From the press release:

Roubeni’s photographs explore the street art of New York City, where the art has become a living part of the landscape. The artist’s fascination with street art stems from its somewhat contradictory nature—at once permanent and commanding, while also ephemeral and ever changing.

These works are fleeting –a moment in time—and most people will never have the opportunity to see these scenes as they were in the photograph.” Rather than merely photographing the street art, Roubeni’s photographs effectively arrest the moment and experience of viewing the works in time.

“Public Display: Streetscapes” is on view through January 23, 11am-7pm.

Meanwhile, the retail space is still fishing for potential occupants on the open market.

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