Outside The Box2 Welcomes Innovative Art from 37 Artists

“Outside the Box2” is the second biennial exhibition of outdoor, site-specific art in Palm Beach County, FL. This unique and alternative format, situated at the uniquely prestigious Whitespace-The Mordes Collection, features innovative contemporary artists that will interact with the unique landscape & outdoor environment. This year’s exhibit has grown in scope with nearly double the amount of installations, and including artists from throughout Florida, from Gainesville to Tampa to Miami. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

37 Artists prepare for a whirlwind install of
Outdoor Site-specific Art in upcoming 2-Night Biennial

 

Outside the Box2 at

Whitespace – The Mordes Collection

 

Curated by Lisa Rockford

 

Whitespace – The Mordes Collection
2805 N. Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 33407 T: 561.842.4131

 

Exhibition Dates: APRIL 4, 7:30 pm – 10:30 & APRIL 5, 7:30 pm – 10:30

Admission: $10 per person

Free parking. No reservations required. Open to the Public

 

 

 

The exhibit involved extensive preparation on the part of the curator and artists.   Lisa Rockford, the curator, said she gave preference to installations that were “imaginative, include interactive and/or multi- sensory elements, have high aesthetic appeal, and incorporate nature, or adapt well to the site.”

 

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Site Map

Site Map

 

Attendees will walk through a maze of color, images & sounds. Visitors can use the map to ensure that they find all 37 installations. The artworks range from hand-sculpted ceramics, found object assemblage, video art, performances, and interactive installations.

 

 

 

After paying admission, visitors will immediately walk through the first artwork, a spidery mixed media arch hand- crocheted by artist Kristina Thalin. Viewers will next feel they are seeing spots, in a site-specific installation by Sylvia Riquezes, who utilized the surrounding natural elements to inspire and create her own versions of “Seeds” in the palm trees, and flora & fauna for the bushes, entitled “Bodhisattvas Emerging from the Earth” .

 

Sylvia Ruquezes

Sylvia Ruquezes

 

 

Visitors will walk through Matthew Falvey’s 20 foot long tunnel of televisions, which have sensors that change imagery and sound according to people’s movements. Then they will be confronted by the monstrous scale of Andrew Nigon’s artwork, “Oh! Oh God!” which is a colorful 12 foot elephant, made of found objects & insulation foam. The sculpture is in a continual evolution, its gestural positioning and surfaces textures changing each time it is shown, based on the artists’ changing worldview.

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Andrew Nigon “Oh, Oh God”

 

According to the artist, the elephant is an “endlessly comforting god that absorbs my uncertainties, instead of offering critical judgments.” 

 

 

 

Onlookers will be also be immediately drawn to Carmen Tiffany’s whimsical video animation, which she calls a “liquid painting”. It will be projected billboard size on the front wall, easily seen from the road.

 

Chelsea Odum

Chelsea Odum

 

 

 

Ariel Baron Robbins

Ariel Baron Robbins

 

 As viewers walk around the building, there are more intimately scaled, or quieter works that only the most observant visitors will find, like the “miniature dreamscapes” of Christine Fogel, or the installation by Martin Casuso, which is unassumingly hidden under the portico. 

 

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Other captivating artworks will force attendees to stop and look as they make their way along the tarmac toward the waterfront installations. Judy Polstra’s femme fatale sculptures are always crowd-pleasers, probably due to the sheer number of parts assembled together to make up each figure. Judy had never before thought of exhibiting her work outdoors, and had to be courted by the curator to submit a proposal. You can examine her sculptures for hours and still find something new, from teeth, to jewelry, to buttons, and toy parts.

 

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Pilar Batlle – Yarn Bombing

Many will surely want to pause for a “photo op” at the installation by Pilar Batlle. Pilar is part of the new trend of “Yarn Bombing” street art, only instead of yarn, she uses “Plarn” (plastic yarn).  Her pseudonym on the street is “The Trashy Spider.” As an environmental statement, Pilar cuts ups post consumer waste (plastic bags) to crochet doily- like decorative designs and cover objects like trees, fire hydrants, and parking meters. The durability of the plastic makes them an ideal material for outdoor use. 

 

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As part of the proposal process, artists were also encouraged to incorporate a light source into their design. One prime example of self-lit work is a dynamic piece by Mark Joseph Oliver, who just relocated to Florida last year to be an art professor at Florida Atlantic University. When Lisa Rockford asked Mark to submit a proposal, he immediately wanted to re-appropriate his sculpture “Telecommunication,” which consists of acrylic rods protruding from a working TV set. The clear rods dramatically emphasize the colorful light of the images on TV, and transform it into an ethereal work that seduces the viewer like a moth to a flame.

 

 

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Mark’s idea was to transmute the sculpture into a meteorite that has humorously just landed on a couch, that he explains is a portrayal of the way television has affected domestic life. For this event, the TV will play movies that shaped his childhood and worldview.

 

 

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As visitors weave their way along the asphalt through more sculptural interventions and projections, they will pass through a gate into the second stage of installations on the backside of the property, along the waterfront. This area will include three different live performances, ongoing throughout each night.

 

 

Mumbi O’Brien and Kaleb Durocher collaborated on a performance with precisely linked digital components. For the performative component, there will be a head-dressed character that embodies the essence of the moon. The front of their garment is a cream color and the back is black to represent the dark side of the moon. The headdress will also be circular to emphasize the cyclical nature of the moon, constructed of repurposed materials, synthetic hair, wooden reeds, and fabric. The performer will be completely covered from head to toe with their face obscured and hands painted so the emphasis is not on their identity but rather that which they are embodying. The digital component of the piece is a projection facing down towards the earth.

 

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The projector will be controlled from a laptop so that when moon character enters this particular location, an active projection will begin to encircle them, morphing and rotating with imagery of the various stages of the moon. After some time the projected circle will open up and turn off and the moon character will react by moving slowly and elegantly away from the space, either to look out over the water (as the moon controls the tides) or disappear. In some very special cases, a guest may wander upon the exact projection site, and the projection will envelope them as well, allowing them to be a part of this ritual. However, the minute they step away or someone else interferes, the projection will stop.

 

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Further down the grass, Joseph Herring will stage a performative installation entitled “Broward County Botanical Melodramatic: A Conversation between the Saw Palmetto and the Spanish Bayonet on the Pros and Cons of Obligate Pollination Mutualism vs. Indiscriminate Polyamorous Pollination involving the poetics of interaction between costumed plants and insects.”   Joseph Herring is a professor at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, and has staged elaborate performance installations and interventions at a range of prestigious venues, including High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, founded by Andrea Zittel, Light Assembly, for Art Basel Miami Beach, Verge Art Miami Beach, Zeitgeist Multi- Disciplinary Arts Center, the Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, and the Christine Koenig Galerie, Vienna.

 

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For this performance, Joseph elucidates that: “Two plants, the Saw Palmetto and the Spanish Bayonet, sit atop giant tripods and communicate back and forth using plant telepathy. Root systems hang down from both plants. The plants will interact with the insects on the ground, the Honey Bee and the Yucca Moth, through their root systems, both physically and telepathically. Physically in that the roots will move through the actions of a puppeteer, telepathically in that the puppeteer will play kit-bashed and circuit bent electronic game-instruments with the attached hanging roots.

 

 

 

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The insects will react to the sounds and respond with electronic sounds of their own, fed to radios around their necks from computers underneath the tripods. The games bent for sound will include Operation, Simon, and various Nintendo DS Lite games with interesting audio. Audio will also include the plants conversing through megaphones, and the conversation will sound like a mix of DADA poetry and the Children’s Television Workshop’s The Electric Company. The piece will refer not only to the installation and performance’s relationship to the physical environment, but also to the specific geographical location. The Saw Palmetto and The Spanish Bayonet are two plants indigenous to the area. The Saw Palmetto has played an important part in the life of Floridians since before the Spanish invasion, and this history will be explored aurally during the performance.” 

 

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As visitors continue exploring the waterfront, and look out into the water, they will notice a otherworldly, large glowing white island in the shape of a baby, by Kevin Curry. The floating sculpture was elaborately planned through computer programming and will be created in a mosaic of geometric parts using a CNC router.  The piece is titled “Lost and Found” and “addresses the innocence and potential of beginnings, as well as the sadness and regret of hindsight.”

 

 

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An installation that only the most perceptive viewers will find on the waterfront are the organic sculptures of Amalia Mermingas . Amalia was inspired by the way Andy Goldsworthy works endlessly on an earthwork sculpture only to watch it fall apart. As result, her artworks are intentionally ephemeral, made with unfired ceramics, and placed at the water’s edge, so that they dissolve and change shape over the course of the night from the erosion of the water’s tides. Amalia states that she is releasing her sculptures like a performance. The viewer can watch the clay sculptures become reclaimed by nature.

 

 

The final elaborate performance is on the opposite end of the beach, called “Kicking Comets,” by Craig Smith’s entourage, will be the most boisterous. Craig Smith is an internationally recognized artist and teaches at the University of Florida. He has been featured at a range of venues including the PS1MOMA Contemporary Art Institute, The Tate Modern, CEPA Gallery, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The George Eastman House, ARTSPACE Sydney, SCM Hong Kong, and galleries including Galerie Schuster Photo (Berlin), RARE Art (New York), Big Orbit (Buffalo), The Kent Gallery, and White Columns (New York). He has also published two books: On the Subject of the Photographic (2008: University of the Arts London) and Training Manual for Relational Art (2009: Big Orbit Gallery).

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Craig’s oeuvre consistently focuses “The Art of Sport,” and this performance will likewise be highly athletic, consisting of endless, repetitive place-kicking by the artist of footballs from the shoreline toward a boat with three other performers waiting in the water. The performers in the water will have search lights on their heads and hand-held fishing nets, zigzagging the boat, attempting to catch or capture the balls. A vintage Porsche 911 will be placed on the beach to illuminate the artist and boat with its headlights. The footballs will have reflective tape so that they look like comets sailing through the air.

 

 

There are more notable installations and site-specific interventions than can be mentioned. The Outside the Box2 Biennial is sure to become one of the most significant and indispensable celebrations of visual art in South Florida, and will clearly be a spectacle of visual delights for all who attend.

 

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OUTSIDE THE BOX2 ARTISTS:

 

Amalia Mermingas, Andrew Nigon, Ariel Baron-Robbins, Cara McKinley,  Carmen Tiffany, Caroline Collette, Cat Del Buono, Chelsea Odum, Christine Fogel, Craig Smith, Duane James, Brant Erik Kucera, Gardner Cole Miller, Ian Honore, Jacques de Beaufort, Jade Henderson, Joseph Herring, Joshua Hunter Davis, Judy Polstra,Karla Walter, Katelyn Fay, Kevin Curry, Kristina Thalin, Mark Joseph Oliver, Martin Casuso, Matthew Falvey, Mumbi O’Brien & Kaleb Durocher,  Pilar Batlle, Randy Burman, Rebeca Gilling, Regina Jestrow ,Sylvia Riquezes, TD Gillispie, Valeria Rocchiccioli ,Vanessa Diaz, Vanessa Garcia, Woody Othello.

 

 

The exhibition inside the “Box, ” called “Optic Edge,” which has been on view since December, will also be open for viewing during this event. The Whitespace gallery (indoors) features internationally recognized artists from the Mordes collection, rotating new works for every annual exhibition. “The “Outside the Box” exhibition marks the final weekend for the Optic Edge exhibition.

 

 

ABOUT THE CURATOR:

 

Lisa Rockford, received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lisa is an Assistant Professor at Broward College, a resident artist at Sailboat Bend artist Lofts, and founding member 1310 Gallery. Lisa began curating Contemporary art exhibitions in her position as Art Services Director of the Dittmar Gallery at Northwestern University in 2000, and has curated and juried numerous group exhibitions in Broward County, collaborating with prominent art professionals as guest judges. Guest judges have included Jose E. Lopez, Director & Publisher of Art Districts Magazine, Janet Batet, Curator & Art Critic, Francie Bishop Good, Artist and Art Collector, Owner of Girls Club Art Collection, Guerra De la Paz, International Artists, Rochi Llaneza, Executive Director of Hardcore Art Contemporary Space, Dan & Kathryn Mikesell, Art Collectors, Founders of Fountainhead Art Residency, Klaudio Rodriguez, Assistant Curator at The Frost Art Museum, Carol Jazzar, Owner and Director of Carol Jazzar Contemporary Art, and more. As a visual artist, Lisa Rockford exhibits her artwork both nationally and internationally, has been featured on Chicago Public Radio, and covered by the Chicago Reader, Time Out Chicago, Peel Magazine, and the Miami Herald. Lisa was awarded the Innovative Collaborative Grant through Funding Arts Broward in 2011 for her Solo show at the Art and culture Center and named as one of Gold Coast Magazine’s “40 under 40 Rising Stars.”

 

 

 

About Whitespace:

 

Whitespace is the private contemporary art exhibition space and loft-style home of Elayne and Marvin Mordes located in West Palm Beach.  The Mordes’ have been collecting Contemporary Art for over 30 years and have a unique European approach to their collection.  One of the strengths of the collection is the consistency of vision that it exhibits and, in addition, has also been characterized by its enthusiasm and focus.  Whitespace has approximately 8000 square feet of exhibition space which has partial permanent programming and a changing project space entitled “Whitebox”, which has curated exhibitions which meet a high level of competency, vision and creativity.  This is the only venue of this type in this area. We consider it an honor to establish a growing audience of Contemporary Art “Lovers”!! 

The mission of Whitespace is to expand and introduce the viewer to current trends in contemporary art by creating international exhibitions by major mid-career contemporary artists using various mediums: including painting, sculpture, photography, drawing and video. Whitespace is open from December through April of each year.   The goal of Whitespace is to fund a granting program for the Arts and Art Education in Palm Beach County through Community Foundation.

This season Whitespace is proud to announce the 6th season of “Whitebox”, an artist’s project space for emerging and mid-career international artists.  There is  also a small museum shop – WhitePackage, with unique host & hostess gifts and décor designed by international artists, architects and design personalities.

 

photos courtesy of Jacek Gancarz

Proceeds benefitting the Arts and Art Education through Community Foundation

2805 N. Australian Avenue
West Palm Beach, Florida 33407
T:561.842.4131
F:561.842.4132
E: 2805@mordes.net
www.whitespacecollection.com

 

 

 

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