Liu Bolin disrupts the spaces we inhabit enough to turn our brains back on but not enough to destroy those spaces. The project has that uncanny ability to reengage people with places they’ve come to know better than their own flaws. Like a street performer hiding in metallic paint, Liu Bolin’s chameleon-like subject blends into urbanscapes. What did in fact begin as performance art in 2005 is now photographic work you can view even if you didn’t experience it. Liu Bolin recreates part of a landscape across a human body and captures that person “hiding” in this habitat.
Most recently and featured first among the images below, Bolin teamed up with French street artist JR to capture JR hiding in an image of Liu Bolin’s eye painted by JR conceived together by the two artists. Wrap your mind around that.
Bolin’s work has been featured in solo exhibits around the world. He was born and studied in China and currently lives and works in Beijing. Check out below and here to see how the project has evolved over time.
JR in Liu Bolin Eye, New York, Photograph, 2012
Hiding in New York No. 3 – Magazine Rack, Photograph, 46 1/2 x 59 inches, 2011
Hiding in New York No. 5 – Tiles For America, Photograph, 46 1/2 x 59 inches, 2011
Hiding in New York No. 4 – Ground Zero, Photograph, 46 3/4 x 59 inches, 2011
Dragon Series Panel 4 of 9, Photograph, 46 1/2 x 59 inches, 2010
Hiding in the City No. 63- Gray’s Opening Ceremony, Photograph, 46 1/2 x 59 inches, 2008
Hiding in the City No. 57- Arles, Photograph, 46 1/2 x 59 inches, 2007
Hiding in the City No. 17- People’s Policeman, Photograph, 63 x 39 1/2 inches, 2006