Dubbed as the invisible man, Liu Bolin of shandong China, has created an art form of camouflage.The 38 year old artist takes elaborately conceived photographs of himself blending in barely noticeable against his surroundings.Standing motionless for 4 hours as he is painted over, Liu becomes a part of his backdrop, which includes everything from telephone booth to earth quake rubble. Authorities shut down Liu’s studio in 2005 and since and since “hiding in the city”, as his series is called, is purportedly Liu’s continuing protest against the state’s crackdown on art and free expression.Enjoy these fabulous photographs and see if you can spot the artist.
A woman laughes as she pushes a trolley past artist Liu Bolin during his demonstration to blend in with the vegetables on the shelves at a supermarket in Beijing, November 10, 2011. Liu, also known as the ‘Vanishing Artist’, started his optical illusion artworks of becoming ‘invisible’ more than six years ago. Picture taken November 10, 2011. REUTERS/China Daily
Chinese artist Liu Bolin paints himself with the help of his colleagues to blend into the rows of soft drinks in his artwork entitled “Plasticizer” to express his speechlessness at the use of plasticizer in foods additives, in his studio at 798 district in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 (AP Photo).
Liu Bolin at Ponte di Rialto