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Edgy art you that'll make you 'React'

Daniel Morgan, Grab This!, 2008, wood burning.  What does this piece say to you?

Image courtesy of C. Emerson Fine Art

Daniel Morgan, Grab This!, 2008, wood burning. What does this piece say to you?

Remember the old saw about grabbing a tiger by the tail, a call for taking risks?

Eight artists form a provocative show called "React" at C. Emerson Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, and Daniel Mrgan's take on it is Grab This. A tiger bites down on a stick, wielding scissors already fixed on its tail. Another paw stands ready with bandages. A bird covers its eyes, unable to watch the self-mutilation.

Not sure if the moral of the story is still go for it. Maybe it's a cautionary tale (tail). But it's among friends as artists take risks to explore the theme.

The gallery show ranges from the simple drawings of Mrgan, a Croatian living in Florida, to Eun-Sil Han, a South Korean who currently lives in Belgium, whose dense collages paste familiar religious paintings and Renaissance images into bizarre new configurations.

There's also the painting-meets-photography of Rebecca Sexton Larson, Frank Strunk III metal sculptures and Paula Allen's cast of ceramic characters. — Lennie Bennett lennie@tampabay.com

Art events

Paint the Town 2008 Juried plein air competition brings artists downtown to paint on location between the boundaries of 22nd Avenue N and 18th Avenue S from the waterfront to 16th Street. Today, Fri. and Sat. Various locations, St. Petersburg. "Wet paint" sale and show of completed works, live music, 6 p.m. Sat. Interior Motives, 1110 Central Ave.

Artists' reception Meet USF artists and enjoy food, refreshments and live music. 7 to 11 p.m. Fri. West Tampa Center for the Arts, 1906 N Armenia Ave. (813) 453-4381.

Live Art "Paint-Ten-Artists Saving Architecture" The Florida Heritage Festival and the American Institute of Architects of Tampa Bay offer a "wet canvas" show and sale of works of area vulnerable historic structures, by local artists and inspired by the photography of Todd McDonald. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fri., Sat., Sun. and Mon. Grounds of the Federal Courthouse Building, 801 N Florida Ave., Tampa. heritagecelebration.org, click on the Celebration '08 calendar button.

Gallery talk Discussion with Dr. Robert Drapkin about his extensive collection of photography. 10 a.m. Sat. $4 suggested donation. Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 200 N Tampa St., Tampa. (813) 221-2222.

Saturday Art Market Dozens of artists display works in a variety of media; also live music, food vendors. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through April. Free admission. Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. (727) 898-6061.

React

Art by Paula Allen, C. Wade Brickhouse, Denis Gaston, Eva Eun-Sil Han, Rebecca Sexton Larson, Lee Lee, Daniel Mrgan and Frank Strunk III is at C. Emerson Fine Arts, 909 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, through April 26. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Free. (727) 898-6068; c-emersonfinearts.com.

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Edgy art you that'll make you 'React' 04/10/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:26am]

    

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