Gallery: Alisan Fine Arts
Artist(s): Chu Teh-Chun
Opening / Event Date: 12 May, 2021
Closing / End Date: 31 Jul, 2021
SPRAYCATION by Szabotage
Hong Kong art gallery Art Supermarket is pleased to present SPRAYCATION, a solo exhibition of new works from British street and pop art artist Szabotage. The show features 12 large canvases and will be on display from 5 November until 3 December 2020. The Opening Reception – with the presence of the artist – is at Art Supermarket, 6 pm – 9 pm on Thursday, 5 November 2020.
Evolving from Szabotage’s previous collection True Reflections, where the face mirrors and captures every day elements in a graphic form, SPRAYCATION is a break from reality. Just a spray (paint) away from the current unprecedented, crazy times we are all experiencing this year.
In the new exhibition, Szabotage depicts the development of layered stencils as a visual language, with iconic symbols of Hong Kong painted beneath the portraits of women. Each stencil is hand drawn and hand cut, and is positioned to create a collage of narratives.
The entire collection is synonymous with the artist’s love and passion for Hong Kong, and its iconic imagery. The use of local symbols continues the artist’s interest into how a feature can be simplified to its most minimal representation, yet can be viewed in a number of ways depending on who is viewing the art.
The individual graphic components layer up to comprise an overall image that breaks down a single scene into layers of references.
Szabotage questions whether such motifs can still convey the associated cultural and contextual significance of the original object.
The artist’s practice explores pre-existing images and familiar languages of cultural symbols and icons, and hopes that with each piece, everyone’s personal experience of the artwork is different, that the icons and emblems are interpreted on a very individual level.