The Miami Design Preservation League will have a photography exhibit featuring architecture from Art Deco through modern day featuring local photographers with a love for architecture.
Photographing architecture is a passion that five artists including Arthur Marcus, Albert Barg, Jeff Weisberg, Brandon Quarters, and Vander Bhirtwish all share. Even though these artists all appreciate architecture, they appreciate it in different ways. Arthur Marcus is dedicated to more of an abstract architecture, taking photographs of large entities such as buildings from the mid 1940’s thru the mid 1960s, and removing some of their contents to create new entities. Albert Barg, Jeff Weisberg, and Brandon Quarters are cousins, and it must run in the family, because these artists are all dedicated to landscape architecture such as National Parks, even including wild life at times. They also have a dedication for the SOBE Art Deco District and its brilliant structures. Vander Bhirtwish has dedicated his architecture career to landscape, fashion, and art deco. Each artist is unique in their own way and their passion for architecture runs deep.
The artists have all been very successful and have had many accomplishments. Arthur Marcus has maintained his current architectural studio for the past 23 years in South Florida. With his selective visioning for architecture, he aims to infuse a certain kinetic energy into the composition. With Architecture as the palette upon which he paints his photographs, light becomes the paint brush giving the photograph its life; with shade and shadow, lightness and darkness, contrast, repetition, color, geometry and pattern as the features which he aims to infuse into his photography. In 1999, he became associated with the Urban Arts Committee of Miami Beach, the organization charged with educating the public regarding the til-then un-heralded local examples of local mid-century modern architecture. ‘MIMO’ stands for Miami Modern and was the name that the committee eventually labeled the local style equivalent. In 2000, Arthur was one of three photographic finalists selected selected to document a wonderful assortment of local architecture. His favorite memory is when he was at Central High in Philadelphia, he had an inspiring English professor — Dr. Gerald Hamm — who would have the class initially write a one-page story. Then have the class summarize that page into one paragraph. Then, the assignment would be to summarize that paragraph into a single sentence. Finally, that sentence was to be summarized with a single word. This is what Arthur strives towards in his photography.
Albert Barg and Jeff Weisberg have been photographing together since 1977, and Brandon Quarters joined them in 1985. Their favorite achievement is the fact that there is only one Art Deco District in the world, and with its architecture, it gave them the inspiration to photograph the radiant structures.
Vander Bhirtwish has been telling stories with pictures since he was a little boy, securing fleeting moments and the allure of his surroundings which set him on many journeys where he was able to capture beautiful images of the world. His affection for photography grew only stronger whilst majoring in advertising in São Paulo, Brazil. Pursuing his passion, he decided to perfect his skills by studying photography, while also acquiring additional knowledge and techniques which would later help him in his career. 2015 was a very special year for Vander. He was invited to several important art shows and made his first collective art display at “Art Brazil.” He is currently working on completing his “Art Deco” project for January 2016 as well as his third solo photo exhibition in Miami Beach in March of 2016. Vander’s favorite quote is “Life is beautiful, but it goes so quickly. My goal is to capture those beautiful moments, freeze time with the click of my camera and preserve those memories forever.”
Come by the Art Deco Museum to experience the Art of Architecture!