Opening Reception: Sunday, December 21, 2014 4 – 7 p.m
Exhibition on view: December 21, 2014 through January 21, 2015
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: 104 Delancey Street (between Essex and Ludlow), LES
We are pleased to present Public Display: Streetscapes by Rad Roubeni. The exhibition represents the artist’s return to fine art photography following a successful career in the commercial and fashion world.
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. The nature of the city street art scene is less a culture of respecting a single image and more of a dialogue between many artists working on the same canvas of the city, thus creating a layering of pieces that work together to create dominant and powerful pieces on otherwise empty walls—“As time passes the image deteriorates and erodes with the weather; it is drawn on, pasted over, built up, renovated, torn down and reconstructed. 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.
Born in Tehran in 1978 and raised in Hamburg , Germany, Rad Roubeni is a New York City-based artist. He holds a BFA in Media Arts from the Pratt Institute. Roubeni is the owner and founder of Radography, and has had his photography featured in acclaimed international publications including Vogue, Elle, Bazaar, Nylon, Details, Women’s Wear Daily, Maxim, the New York Times, and Paper. He continues to delve deeper into the world of photography and film production by utilizing a wide range of mediums and taking an intimate approach to art direction and design. When not on location for a project, Rad works primarily out of his TriBeCa studio in New York City.