Friday, August 14, 2009
The Art of Liu Bolin
The Blend-in Guy...Just recently, I came across the fantastic artistic illusions of Liu Bolin. Most notably, he uses his environment (a telephone booth, a graffiti'd wall) to create an image in which he blends. It's kind of a trip, and hard to explain. According to an online article, "He claims they make a statement about his place in society. He sees himself as an outsider whose artistic efforts are not always valued, especially in his native country. Standing silently in front of his chosen scene, in locations all around the world, the 36-year-old uses himself as a blank canvas. Then, with a little help from an assistant, he paints his body to merge as seamlessly as possible with what is behind him. It means people walking by while he is carrying out his performances often have no idea he is nearby until he begins to move."
Original Article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1201398/Now-you-dont-The-artist-turns-Invisible-Man.html
Additional works by Liu Bolin: http://www.artnet.com/artist/425227158/liu-bolin.html