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Locust Projects is pleased to present "December 16, 2000," a new installation by Miami Beach based artists Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt.

The work of Rosario and Roberto travels from painting to the city and stretches and diffuses the boundaries of architecture and the visual arts. In their case, painting, installations and urban interventions are but three different expressions of the same idea: an idea that is both dream and obstinate reality. Their works propose encounters of stories and spaces, which alternate between the private and the public, the intimate and the monumental, the quotidian and the fantastic. Perhaps because they live in Miami, a city where almost everyone comes from somewhere else, their works elaborate upon a unique equilibrium between belonging and strangeness.

In this new installation R & R take us in a personal journey at the same time familiar and unknown and propose "December 16, 2000" as a shared experience to be remembered, an unfinished poem of departures and arrivals, of abandonment and renewal… or a metaphor that performs as social sculpture and mirrors conditions of contemporary life.

The work of R & R Studios has been exhibited in the United States, Latin America, France, Belgium and Italy. Appendix, Art Nexus, Art in America, Casabella, Metropolis, The New City, and other publications in Europe and the Americas have featured their work. They have been visiting artists at Getty Research Center and in 1998 received a fellowship from the American Academy in Rome.


Most notable among R & R urban interventions are the internationally recognized 45' high sculpture "M ", in downtown Miami as well as the recently completed "Open Air Museum", and "The Opened House", which together with "The Living Room" a 42' high urban intervention to be concluded in January 2001 are all located in the Miami Design District. R and R current projects include a painting series on the Life, Passion and Death of a Woman, an installation in Paris and an urban intervention in Miami Beach.


"December 16, 2000 " will be showing at Locust Projects from December 16, 2000 to January 15 2001. The opening reception is on Saturday, December 16 at 8 PM


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