On the Radar: Sick Days at C. Emerson Fine Arts

an emaciated man’s body floating above a city as if experiencing the effects of the nurse's morphine; or a shivering, skeletal figure, the source of whose sickness is seemingly being expelled from his mouth – all images seared into wood panels and embellished with oil pencil and woodstain. Mrgan says the collection is inspired by his near-constant childhood doctor visits, home remedies and long hours spent in bed – the sick days. (Pictured: "Morphine" by Daniel Mrgan, from the Sick Days exhibit) Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 4, 9 p.m.-midnight, free, C. Emerson Fine Arts, 909 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, gallery hours 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat., on display through Sept. 26, c-emersonfinearts.com. – Franki Weddington

Welcome to On the Radar, where we preview up-and-coming arts events to mark your calendar for. This Friday, C. Emerson Fine Arts debuts a collection of woodburnings that recall artist Daniel Mrgan's "sick days" as a child.

Wood burning usually calls to mind a roaring fire, hot chocolate and comforting memories, but when Croatian-born artist Daniel Mrgan experimented in woodburning for his Sick Days exhibit, the results are cartoon-like depictions of medical curiosities: a nurse holding a syringe whose eyes are carried away by chirping birds;

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