In the age of Donald Trump’s anti-immigration policies, the advice printed on Laura Gomez’s cement blocks, arranged in neat rows at the Whitespace — the Mordes Collection in West Palm Beach, seems practical and vital. “Don’t open the door but be calm,” reads one concrete-block directive next to “Ask for an interpreter if you need one” and “If you are arrested, remain silent.” Titled “When They Come for You … , ” Gomez’s installation is aimed at anyone worried about a visit from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Gomez’s work is one of 40 installations featured in “Outside the Box 4,” an open-air contemporary-art show on view March 9-10 on the lakefront lawn surrounding the West Palm Beach gallery.
Much of the exhibit, curated once every two years by Broward College professor and artist Lisa Rockford, addresses the current political climate, along with American race relations and the environment. Artist Orlando Chiang, for example, has erected a 27-foot-long wall covered in printouts of actual tweets by President Trump, while Laura Marsh’s “Dream Diversely” depicts an 8-by-15-foot American flag, a collage of Kente cloth, pride flags and handed-down family garments. “I wanted to explore what it would be like to have a more multicultural flag,” Marsh says in a prepared statement.
The artworks are vying for $1,500 in cash prizes, and three guest judges will assay the best installations during the biennial, which will include drinks and DJs.
When: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, and 5-10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10
Where: Whitespace — the Mordes Collection, 2805 N. Australian Ave., West Palm Beach