Noahs Ark wasnt designed to be wedged between a cement staircase and an art gallery, but try to tell it that. The lumbering reproduction crafted out of gopher wood is just jammed up there, right outside the Schmidt Center Gallery (777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton) at Florida Atlantic University. But before ya chalk this phenomenon up to bad LSD, just realize this aint your mommas art show.
However, avant-garde is the norm for the southXeast: Contemporary Southeastern Art exhibition, a freak-fest flecked with not just sculptures and paintings but also digital prints and video performances. Here, 14 paintbrush prodigies from six southeastern U.S. states pimp their postmodern curios for prestige and esteem. And if you think Mike Calway Fagans Ark is baffling, just wait until youre confounded by Bonnie Seamans ceramic heart organ teapot. Also, dont miss peeping at Jason Briggs clay, spray-painted collection of slithering mutated slugs and Phillip Estlunds, um, tool shed floating inside a crate. (Hooray, abstract art.) Finally, the coup de grâce: Irene Moons video of an insect fashion show (think: flea circus meets Victorias Secret). Admission is free. SXE is on display through April 5 at Schmidt. Call 561-297-2661, or visit www.fau.edu/galleries.
Feb. 20-April 5, 2008