Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt: The Absent City
Post #1233 • September 19, 2008, 12:03 PM • 38 Comments
Madison, WI - I've written before about Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt, a Miami-based artist couple who deals with citizenship and lack thereof in the contemporary world. Planes, flags, and miniature people wandering outsized environments recur in their work, invariably executed with great thoughtfulness and stylish taste. They have three pieces up at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. One is a curtain of long, colored ribbons that does not even slightly "raise questions - both cultural and architectural - about the relationship between the city and the museum," as claimed by the museum, but does make a pretty adornment for the knife-like corner of Cesar Pelli's building. An altar of tchotchkes under a map printed so that south appears as north doesn't hold up too well - I have seen the image elsewhere on a t-shirt. But the main work is a walking maze of floor-to ceiling ribbons that leads to a gathering of a half-dozen figures, each a foot high, around a flagpole which hoists their standard - a banner of pink carnations. Surrounded by a universe of stripes, as if the flags of the world had been borrowed color by color, their pleased expressions suggest that they are celebrating their membership in a nation of charm. Thus won over, I long for my own residence there.