Following a spring marked by pivoting to the digital sphere and staying close to home, the Boca Raton Museum of Art is on a mission to refresh its galleries and communal spaces. It will host two new exhibitions, “Jeff Whyman: Out of Nature” and “Trine Lise Nedreaas: The Entertainers,” both on view from October 7 through January 3.
Like many arts organizations across the Palm Beaches, the Boca Museum took advantageof its COVID-induced downtime. Upon reopening in June, it debuted the open-concept Wolgin Education Center, where video artist Janet Biggs’ “Solitary Acts” collection played as the inaugural exhibit. The projection space will now be occupied by Trine Lise Nedreaas’ Pulse, a hypnotizing, six-minute loop of a woman hula-hooping with glowing hoops.
Nedreaas, who hails from Norway, is passionate about capturing and celebrating the weird, beautiful, and seldom explored aspects of the human condition. Her “Entertainers” video exhibition spotlights subjects such as clowns, a contortionist, a sword swallower, and more.
Jeff Whyman, on the other hand, is a ceramicist by trade with a knack for collecting; the shells, sea glass, Chinese crystals, mineral oxides, and wood ash that adorn his clay “rock formation” sculptures are a testament to his eye for natural beauty. Known to create these works in a single sitting, the Delray Beach–based artist reclaims a spontaneity that art patrons will find refreshing on the heels of hunkering down during the pandemic.