Szabotage has encountered a complicated problem as a prolific aerosol painter because it’s challenging to safely dispose of spray cans once they’re used. European Union legislation classifies aerosol paint as a Class 2 ‘dangerous good,’ while Hong Kong doesn’t allow the recycling of empty aerosol materials through usual public channels and the hazardous nature of paint cans requires specialised disposal. So, the life cycle of this creative medium presents very unique scenarios not encountered in other methods of artmaking.
Szabotage discovered there is no legitimate and sustainable way to recycle spray cans so instead, he set out to creatively solve the problem. Through disassembling and objectifying the spray can, turning the medium into the object, he resolves the dilemma of aerosol can consumption and continues the positive life of the entire creative artefact.
Size: 35.4 x 23.6 in.
Style: Street art, Urban art
Gustav Szabo is a prolific, contemporary urban artist and designer known as Szabotage. He grew up in Hove, a town near Brighton in the UK, where he studied architecture before moving to London where he worked as an architect and designer. After moving to Hong Kong he quickly gained notoriety with sold-out exhibitions, solo shows, collaborative projects, private and commercial commissions with iconic brands such as Prada and Louis Vuitton.
Characterised by bright colours and popular cultural references, Szabotage’s visual language is high impact. His signature style uses layers of stencils to depict life and create personality in each unique piece.
Szabotage works with a variety of formats. His collections range from walls, canvases, prints, and cars to sculptures, stencils and NFTs. He constantly challenges limitations and enjoys creating his art and sculptures using deconstructed aerosol cans, metals and wood. In the digital space, NFTs allow him to add extra dimensions using animation and sound.
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