Art is the world of truly eccentric people, whose motives sometimes are hard to comprehend. Good news is that despite that we are able to enjoy their artworks. Oh, this crazy, crazy world!
To the list of truly unusual artworks we can add one more – camouflage into city backgrounds.
The name of this new trend in art is called “Hiding in the City” or “City Camouflage”.
Liu Bolin is eccentric master of optical illusion. He can camouflage into the city background so good, that it is hard to solve the visual riddle right away and find Liu on the photograph.
With the help of assistants Liu’s body is painted so well that he is able to blend into background flawlessly.
Liu works with the ideas not materials, and trusts his assistants with the implementation.
Liu Bolin has many nicknames – "Invisible Man", "Chinese Chameleon" и "Человек-невидимка".
Liu’s Artworks have a strong rebellios spirit. When his body vanishes in different backgrounds this symbolizes a reflection of society in China: individuality is invisible, consumed by society and lonely.
In China is everything sacrificed for the Unity – physically and mentally, this lies in the very foundation of the Chinese culture.
In his artworks Liu Bolin tries to understand how personality transforms under the pressure of the society burden.
This is why there is always an urban background in Liu’s artworks. With the help of landscapes would be impossible to find an answer to what interest’s the artist so much.
Liu says that his art started as a symbol of protest against the government. In 2005 officials closed Liu’s studio in Beijing, because the Chinese government was against his artworks.
That time government not only was not supporting the modern art, but was against it – many studios and exhibitions were closed.
“And this is how the idea to hide from everyone was born!” – says Liu smiling.
"My opposition to the powers of the government forced me to live a life of a person without the social status, work, family, and income. And because of this emotional reason I started working on a series of photographs. My artworks question the social status of Art as it is. Artist hides in his artworks to reestablish and protect himself."
Liu Bolin fitted in well into the conventional framework of the modern society, he always considered himself being an outsider, unneeded for the rest of the world.
In his artworks, Liu expresses his speechless rebellion again the society and government persecution against creativity.
But first of all, Liu’s art is a search for answers.
More than ten years I was searching for my place in the art world. This search was long and painful. My main goal was to find my own unique style, and finally I achieved that.
Indeed, no one in China creates anything similar to Liu’s artworks, at least none of the hundreds of artists Liu knows.
Liu thinks, that his artworks draw attention because of the silent strength of the primitive survival, as opposed to the vividness of the genuine life.
He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Shandong College of Arts in 1995 and his Master of Fine Arts from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 2001. He lives and works in Beijing.
Liu sais, taht his work requires a lot of time and effort, creation of just one artwork consumes more that ten hours of work.
But despite the laboriousness, Liu likes his job, because his artworks remind people about the important problems modern society has to face.
Visit the Web site of Liu Bolin
Photographs of Liu Bolin from Eli Klein Gallery