Szabotage is an visual artist, street artist and designer, who has become a prominent figure on the local Hong Kong art scene since his arrival in Asia five years ago. Inspired by Hong Kong's iconic style of urban architecture and emotive streetscapes, his pieces incorporate bright neon colours mixed with popular culture references. Through his artwork, he explores themes of personal freedom with a humorous play on words.
Testament to his talent and popularity, the artists credits include a sold out exhibition in London, two successful solo shows and numerous group shows in Hong Kong. Szabotage originals have also been exhibited at the Asia Contemporary Art Show and the Affordable Art Fair in Hong Kong. Commission clients include Jaeger LeCoultre, Deutsche Bank, H Developments, The Ritz Carlton, among other brands and establishments.
Szabotage has painted for the HKwalls street art festival and was a finalist in the global phenomenon 'Secret Walls,' where he became notorious for his old-school graffiti style and onstage antics. These antics debuted on the TEDx stage in 2017 with his talk ‘Resilience is the Ultimate High’.
“SUBLIMEY” is a Szabotage slang for the hyper-British expression “Cor Blimey” combined with the meaning of the word “Sublime”.
The show depicts the subconscious and its physical expression and how this can be manipulated by our activities and interactions. This can be likened to the stencil process in which an image is taken and reproduced, that in essence is the very crux of human existence. The second theme “Reflection” is about how we interpret and process the subliminal experiences we are having.
The entire collection is synonymous with the artist’s love and passion for Hong Kong and its iconic symbols.
Fish 'n' Chips, 2017
The "Can Can" Collection, 2017
Artists in Hong Kong may not recycle empty aerosol materials through usual public channels. Szabotage discovered there is no legitimate and sustainable way to recycle spray cans without registering as a chemical waste producer and privately contracting the removal of cans. As an artist continuously consuming aerosol cans, Szabotage set out to creatively solve the problem of leftover spray cans. Through disassembling and objectifying the spray can, turning the medium into the object, the artist resolves the dilemma of aerosol can consumption and continues the positive life of the entire creative artifact.
Szabotage is inspired by playful use of language and exploring meanings of the word “can”. Furthermore, Ron Arad’s avante-garde industrial furniture design from the 1980’s informs the work. He explains: “I like to think the can and its process has unleashed my humour, and I have looked for ways to explore the humour and the coincidence of the use of the word “can”! I can! Can vas! We can! Tin man can! Can Can! [I take] a fun and light-hearted approach where the subject is informed by the can...
The “Can Can” collection takes on a new personality for my work and becomes very sexy and witty, as well as a hard piece of industrial-looking furniture for interiors. “In a way it reminds me of Ron Arad – the early days of welding the found objects together to make cool furniture.”