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. 


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

Going to London this Summer?

Go see Yinka Shonibare MBE’s “Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle” in person - bottled ship models are so hot right now! His currently sits in Trafalgar Square, across from “Nelson’s Column" which honors Admiral Lord Nelson’s death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Here’s an art21 video about the artist and the piece. Yinka seems like a kooky dude!

Episode #111: Yinka Shonibare MBE discusses the theatricality and sense of wonder inherent in his public sculpture Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, installed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London. Situated across from Nelson’s Column, a monument erected to honor Admiral Lord Nelson’s death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 during the Napoleonic Wars, the brightly-colored sails of Shonibare’s boat reference the complex heritage of British colonialism and its multicultural present. The work is on view throughout this summer.

Known for using batik in costumed dioramas that explore race and colonialism, Yinka Shonibare MBE also employs painting, sculpture, photography, and film in work that disrupts and challenges our notions of cultural identity. Taking on the honorific MBE as part of his name in everyday use, Shonibare plays with the ambiguities and contradictions of his attitude toward the Establishment and its legacies of colonialism and class. In multimedia projects that reveal his passion for art history, literature, and philosophy, Shonibare provides a critical tour of Western civilization and its achievements and failures.

Yinka Shonibare MBE is featured in the Season 5 (2010) episode Transformation of the Art in the Twenty-First Century television series on PBS. Download-to-own the full episode from iTunes.