Liu Bolin

Whether lurking next to a telephone box or standing to attention at a cannon, Liu Bolin has made an art of becoming the invisible man.

The Chinese artist is creating more than just startling images with his works.

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.

‘After graduating from school I couldn’t find suitable work and I felt there was no place for me in society.

‘I experienced the dark side of society, without social relations, and had a feeling that no one cared about me, I felt myself unnecessary in this world.

‘From that time, my attitude turned from dependence into revolting against the system.’

Liu said he was further pushed on with his work when the Chinese authorities shut down his art studio in Beijing in 2005.

He said: ‘At that time, contemporary art was in quick development in Beijing, but the government decided it did not want artists like us to gather and live together.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1201398/Liu-Bolin-The-Chinese-artist-turns-Invisible-Man.html

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