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Китайский хамелеон человек-невидимка Лиу Болин (Лю Болинь) и городской камуфляж

By yulia

”Your originality is determined by the uniqueness of your concept of the world."

– Artist Liu Bolin

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!

Door and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Door and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

To the list of truly unusual artworks we can add one more – camouflage into city backgrounds.

Monks and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Monks and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

T-shirts and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

T-shirts and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

The name of this new trend in art is called “Hiding in the City” or “City Camouflage”.

Graffiti and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Graffiti and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin 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.

Monastery and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Monastery and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

With the help of assistants Liu’s body is painted so well that he is able to blend into background flawlessly.

Policeman and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Policeman and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Liu works with the ideas not materials, and trusts his assistants with the implementation.

Bulldozer and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Bulldozer and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Liu Bolin has many nicknames – "Invisible Man", "Chinese Chameleon" и "Человек-невидимка".

and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Cannon and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage” width=”590″ height=”480″ class=”size-medium wp-image-3484″ />Cannon and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

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.

Bricks and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Bricks

In China is everything sacrificed for the Unity – physically and mentally, this lies in the very foundation of the Chinese culture.

Wall and and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Wall and and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

In his artworks Liu Bolin tries to understand how personality transforms under the pressure of the society burden.

Statue and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Statue and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

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.

Theater and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Theater and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

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.

Soda and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Soda and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

That time government not only was not supporting the modern art, but was against it – many studios and exhibitions were closed.

Cellphones and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Cellphones and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

“And this is how the idea to hide from everyone was born!” – says Liu smiling.

Fitting Room and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Fitting Room and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

"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."

Temple and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Temple and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

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.

Woman and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Woman and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

In his artworks, Liu expresses his speechless rebellion again the society and government persecution against creativity.

Soldiers and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Soldiers and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

But first of all, Liu’s art is a search for answers.

Forest and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Forest and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

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.

Vegetables and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Vegetables and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Indeed, no one in China creates anything similar to Liu’s artworks, at least none of the hundreds of artists Liu knows.

Family and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Family and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

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.

Boat and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Boat and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

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.

Panda and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Panda and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Liu sais, taht his work requires a lot of time and effort, creation of just one artwork consumes more that ten hours of work.

Toys and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Toys and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

But despite the laboriousness, Liu likes his job, because his artworks remind people about the important problems modern society has to face.

Train and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Train and the Chinese chameleon and invisible man Liu Bolin City Camouflage

Visit the Web site of Liu Bolin

Photographs of Liu Bolin from Eli Klein Gallery

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