Dec 13

Chinese Artist Disappears into His Surroundings

chinese art Now you see him, soon you won’t.

Chinese performance artist Liu Bolin is known locally as ‘the invisible man’, because of his habit of painting himself into his surroundings.

Liu has vanished into many nooks and crannies around Beijing—his latest location… the intricate doorway of a traditional courtyard house, a typical sight in Beijing.

37-year-old Liu says his art represents the state of humanity.

[Liu Bolin, Artist]:
“Now my art is cultural, it represents the diminishing humanity in today’s society. I use my art to be retrospective on culture, the environment and fast economic development.”

It took three assistants and four hours of painstaking stillness to finish the process.

15-year-old student Meng Yunan says she didn’t notice Liu at all until she saw him move.

[Meng Yunan, Student]:
“I think it’s very odd. I didn’t notice a man was standing there so I was surprised when he moved. I also think the colors are very beautiful.”

Each of Liu’s works carries a message. He said his transformation into a part of Beijing’s ancient architecture demonstrates the importance of accepting new forms of art, while at the same time preserving the old.

But not everyone appreciated his perspective, including one Taoist.

“It is quite surprising to see this. I do not understand the art, painting color onto your body. But after looking at it for a while, you can see that the colors are blending with the building. In Taoism, everything in nature is considered beautiful so I suppose his art is beautiful.”

Over the last four years, Liu has taken his art abroad– he has exhibited his work in the UK, France and Italy.

His plans for his next location are even more ambitious. Liu plans to almost ‘vanish in mid-air’ while on an airplane.

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  1. TheCoconutchips says:

    Liu Bolin has been …
    Liu Bolin has been doing his Hiding in the City series since 2005. It started as a political commentary on the tensions between the Chinese government and their people and the identity an environment gives an individual and vice versa. Liu Bolin will be exhibiting at Eli Klein Fine Art in New York from June 29 – August 28, 2011. Eli Klein Fine Art represents him exclusively in North and South America. More images can be found on our website.

  2. hrafninn66 says:

    @konhoonmain he …
    @konhoonmain he gets the ideas therefor he is the maker the brain not the painters

  3. zneeuwwitje says:

    i still see him…
    i still see him…

  4. AgentMousehawkandOwl says:

    that is exactly my …
    that is exactly my thoughts. sure he chooses the spots, but he isn’t really doing any work. i wonder if he keeps the same people doing it.

  5. konhoonmain says:

    is it his art or …
    is it his art or the art of those who paint him?

    well he stand still that is his part but painter does the real work isnt it???

  6. iwei91 says:

    maybe he can work …
    maybe he can work for the advertisement, that will be cool!

  7. kevinpaulharper says:

    I actually did not …
    I actually did not mean it in a negative way. I thought it was cool what he is doing but I am wondering how someone like that pays the rent.

  8. billaroyamaha2 says:

    amen, it’s shite
    amen, it’s shite

  9. videochemist says:

    he uses his …
    he uses his chameleon abilities to rob a banks, getting into the vault by disguising himself as money.

  10. kevinpaulharper says:

    Where do people …
    Where do people find the funding to just go around and do stuff like this.

  11. yorubablk3 says: