I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again – Etienne de Grellet
What does a quote from a Quaker missionary have to do with the last show of Rooster Gallery on Orchard Street? I’ll get to that later but you heard it right as this is their last show. Yes, the time has come and most of the pioneering galleries from five years ago are closing shop on the LES and moving on. And for their swan song at the space, Rooster presented Jaro 5 last June 9th which incidentally I covered Jaro 1 as the first feature for them. Everything has come full circle and I am back along for the ride.
Jaro is the annual exhibition that features artists from Residency Unlimited (RU) and its stance on innovative new talent in contemporary art has been showcased well by the gallery. Jaro 5: The Passenger pairs up Ivan Gaete and Graciela Cassel. Their two distinct art practices meet in this show and go together on this ride. As an art viewer, I am also getting on the ride and the vehicle called the gallery programming is worth getting on.
Ivan Gaete through his elaborate handiwork in post-minimalist fashion of grids, lines and perforations – drawn, collaged or sewn present patterns that are iterations of an artistic journey. Graciela Cassel presented video installations projected on the walls and at a corner angle where the images of a passing train car with sounds seem to provide an urban landscape that is vastly beautiful. Gaete punctuates his patterns with inherent perforations while the static quality of Cassel’s videos make the perfect foil for it. It is this artistic journey that an art sojourner can navigate the turns and bumps with aplomb.
It is fitting then to have this last show as Rooster will now move on to the Harlem neighborhood. My ride with this gallery has been thrilling and unexpected. It is with their chutzpah in programming that they have featured interesting and educational art shows. They have featured the best that they can give and it’s done without hesitation. To live up to their gallery name, Andre and Alex had to be cocky in their beliefs and put up shows that mean something. The five years were not wasted because they knew to hit at the very moment. Art by nature has to be of the moment and strike while it can. For this, they have made their five years count and with no regrets. I am just glad to be along for the ride.
Jaro 5: The Passenger – Ivan Gaete and Graciela Cassel
Exhibition Dates: June 9 – 29, 2016
Rooster Gallery. 190 Orchard Street. NYC, NY 10002
Art Review by: Oscar A. Laluyan
Photographs provided by Rooster Gallery