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TV shows are interpreted in ‘Please Stand By’ at Mize

Plus, a quartet of new openings and an artist’s talk with contemporary Chinese artist Sun Xun.


Chad Mize is good for throwing themed group shows. He’s done movies and hip-hop-ice cream mashups a couple of times. But since we’re in the golden age of television, artists will be interpreting TV shows in “Please Stand By.” We can see Janna Doughty’s take on Friends, pictured. But what will Mega Supremo do with Seinfeld? Adam T with The Monkees? Robin Bloom with Glow? Find out at Friday’s opening reception. On view through January. Free. 6-10 p.m. Mize Gallery, 689 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg.


It is St. Petersburg’s Second Saturday Art Walk, a popular time for new exhibitions to open. Between the Morean Arts Center and the Morean Center for Clay, there are four openings on Saturday.

At the Morean Arts Center, a series of exhibitions focusing on identity and the resiliency of the human spirit opens. Free. 5-9 p.m. 719 Central Ave.

“Kirk Ke Wang: Landscape of Human Skins”: The local Chinese-American artist’s latest series of mixed media paintings and installations includes immigrants’ donated personal effects. Through Feb. 28.

“Perri Neri: Past Tense; Present”: Neri’s large-scale figurative paintings combine art history with personal motifs, exploring “what it means to exist without progress.” Through Feb. 28.

“I Am”: This group exhibition of international photographers focuses on individuals who transcend boundaries as a way to reveal the fallacies of stereotypes or prejudgment. Through Feb. 28.

“LACK: Artists in Residence at the Morean Center for Clay”: Six artists created a piece to fit on an Ikea “Lack” shelf. Through Feb. 28. Free. 5-9 p.m. 420 22nd St. S.

Kirk Ke Wang's exhibitions, opening on Jan. 11 at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, will include "Red Alarm Bells." [ Courtesy of the Morean Arts Center ]


Contemporary Chinese artist Sun Xun’s incredible 3-D animated film Time Spy is on view at the Ringling Museum of Art, and he’ll be on site to give an artist talk about his innovative techniques. Sun and his team created the animation cells by carving images into plywood and linoleum blocks, then applied ink in the traditional printmaking manner. Instead of printing them on paper they digitally scanned them to create the film. Those “woodcut paintings” are also on display. He also combines ink painting and charcoal drawing, juxtaposing digital and analog technologies. The film explores global history, environmental issues, surveillance and power. On view through Feb. 16. $10, $5 members and students, in addition to admission. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Education Center building, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. (941) 359-5700.

Sun Xun's "Time Spy" is featured at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota through Feb. 16. [ Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York ]