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The art of being invisible: Hidden Liu Bolin’s amazing illusions

Posted on: August 6, 2009

By Greig Box Turnbull 23/07/2009

We’ve heard of being totally immersed in your work… But artist Liu Bolin’s amazing talent sees him blend so completely into his scenes he is almost invisible.

Liu, 36, of Shandong, China, spends up to 10 hours a time being painted so he perfectly matches the background.

Spots he has chosen in China and the UK include a phone box, a cannon and even earthquake rubble.

Some people walking past have no idea he is there unless he moves.

Liu calls his Hiding In The City series a “protest against the state” for cracking down on artists. He’s one artist they might struggle to find.

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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 http://www.ekfineart.com.

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