As a part of our ongoing partnership with Art Practical, today we bring you a conversation between writer Kara Q. Smith and R & R Studios, the collaborative office of Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt. This conversation is published on the occasion of Art Practical’s Miami Issue, the product of a two-month residency at LegalArt earlier this fall.
I met with Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt of R&R Studios, which designed and built The Living Room, at the couple’s Miami Beach home on the morning Hurricane Isaac rolled in. Over banana omelets and coffee, we talked about Miami’s culture and history and how their work relates to the city.
Roberto and Rosario came to Miami from Argentina over twenty years ago. With formal training as architects, they create work that often employs scale and has a charming exactitude in its execution. Their projects include A Place in the World (2003), an installation created for the Miami Art Museum that includes a sculpture of a house of cards large enough to walk through, and unrealized work such as I LOVE YOU, which would transform Miami’s downtown skyline by installing each of the three words in red lights atop separate buildings. Intertwining memory, both personal and universal, and place, both real and imagined, each of their projects creates a kind of shared experience that is often underwritten by a sense of optimism.
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