Paperwork Newsletter: Family is Family

Greetings Art Lovers,

We’re all family here. Whether you peruse UGallery or prefer browsing Paperwork, the artists on both sites make one awesomely creative unit. Mario Sughi, or Nerosunero, is a Paperwork patriarch. His newest addition, “Family of Immigrants,” is a tribute to the UGallery and Paperwork community.

In “Family of Immigrants,” Mario hits home with his Kundera-like satire and pop flairs indicative of David Hockney. The three members of this family stand together with pride. They are confident in their identity despite the mish-mash of cultural symbols surrounding them (local food, a newspaper, a samovar, a flag, and a church belfry in the city’s skyline).

For Mario, this piece is more than a social commentary. “Family of Immigrants” makes a visual impact with its “space, the sequence of colors and a sense of quietness all around and a sense of elegance.”

Rekindle your own family history with an insider’s look at ours!

Artfully yours,

Kurt

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Showstoppers: Carlos Saladen Vargas and Mario Sughi

Two of our artists are having shows across the Atlantic. One in London and the other in Ireland. Go figure. If you are in either country at the time of their show and you have a hankering for some art, check them out and let Ugallery know how they did!

Carlos Saladen Vargas

Untitled (Bombero)

Carlos Saladen Vargas was born in Venezuela and moved to London to explore photography. He is the co-founder of Photo-soup, a group project giving artists the tools needed to show their work internationally. Carlos’ artist profile describes his work as “informed by an interest in the socio-political functions of photography and critically engages with issues attaching to spectatorship and installation of large-scale photographic projects.” Visit Unit 24 Gallery to and see his brain child in action. 

UNIT 24 GALLERY PRESENTS PHOTO-SOUP

April 21 - May 12 2012

Unit 24 Gallery

20 Great Guildford Street, London SE1 0FD

Private view April 20th 7-9PM


Mario Sughi's opening exhibition "Interiors and Exteriors: Contemporary Realist Prints" is bound to please. Mario draws inspiration from the light and airy Milan Kundera as well as Francis Bacon and David Hockney. RSVP by emailing acostine@waterfordcity.ie



Paperwork Newsletter: At the New Art Gallery

Greetings Art Lovers!

This week we’re excited to release a second print by Italian artist Mario Sughi. “At the New Art Gallery" tackles the art world and art spectatorship head on, a topic that’s particularly poignant now as we near the opening of the Frieze Art Fair.

The Frieze Fair is a cutting-edge contemporary artaganza that takes over London’s Regent’s Park every October. It’s put on by Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, the publishers of frieze magazine. Frieze features more than 150 contemporary art galleries from around the world. Although staged for the purpose of selling work, the fair has become a cultural event. Out of its 68,000 visitors it has been suggested that 80% attend purely to spectate.  

Which brings me back to Mario’s piece. Much is said about the elitism of art - the jaw-dropping price tags, the confounding conceptualism, the cold gallerinas. But I’ve always found the experience of looking at art to be quite the opposite.

At museums and galleries, I often catch myself eyeing people instead of art. Visitors flock to these quiet, curated spaces from every corner of the world. You bump shoulders with people of all ages, shapes and sizes speaking every language under the sun. And we’re all drawn drawn together by art. It’s a testament to the power of human creativity. 

We can’t get enough of Mario’s bright, bold scene and hope you enjoy this print as much as we do.

Artfully yours,

Bailey

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Paperwork Newsletter: Mario Sughi and Mylene Iwanowsky

Mario Sughi’s “Blue Shadow”

Mylene Iwanowsky’s “Civility” is available as a print at Paperwork and an original at Ugallery

Greetings art fans!

This week’s bright prints got me thinking about color. Like death and taxes, color is one thing no one can escape. But one big question still eludes us: do colors look the same to everyone?

Recently, the BBC tackled the subjectivity of color perception in a series of episodes. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend taking the time to watch. (They’re all available via YouTube). Here are some of my favorite tid bits from the series:

  • Players wearing red jerseys score 10% more in competition than those in another color.
  • The Vietnamese have 22 words for individual colours, the Namibian Himba tribe have five – they’ve no need for more and were shown being unable to describe a difference between green and blue.
  • Color does not actually exist, at least not in any literal sense. Apples and fire engines are not red, the sky and sea are not blue, and no person is objectively “black” or “white”. What exists is light. Light is real but color is not light. Color is wholly manufactured by your brain.

Now that our brain’s have been thrown for a loop, let’s tackle this week’s prints. While one is abstract and one’s figurative, they’re both geometric and potently colorful. These pieces are the first Paperwork releases from each artist, Canadian Catalan-phile Mylene Iwanowsky and globe-trotting Italian Mario Sughi.

Mylene takes great inspiration from the aesthetic of Antoni Gaudí, Spain’s eclectic architect. ”I love structure and patterns which is why I love the square,” explains Myléne. “My strength is the way I make colors interact with each other. My mixing creates feelings of safety and harmony, joy and happiness which, I think, you can find in every piece.” “Civility" is no exception. It’s a burst of fresh air, light and happy. 

Mario, on the other hand, takes pride in using unreal colors to tell an authentic, intimate story. His pensive shopgirl’s expression reveals a deep sense of intimacy and reflection amidst a loud, lively scene. Mario inserts the viewer into a familiar vantage point, that of a city sidewalk warrior, taking a moment to glance right and ponder the life of another.   

Artfully yours,

Bailey

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