In an interview with the Daily Mail he said: 'Some people call me the invisible man, but for me it's what is not seen in a picture which is really what tells the story.
'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.
'Also many exhibitions were forced to close.
'The situation for artists in China is very difficult and the forced removal of the artist's studio is in fact my direct inspiration of this series of photographs, Hiding In The City.'
unbelievable! thank you for this great post!ReplyDelete
Thank you for a wonderfully interesting post! Will pass your post on on Twitter!ReplyDelete
What a statement this artist is making. Very powerful. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Fascinating work and his artistic statement. Quite beautiful.ReplyDelete
Absolutely amazing. What a way to comment on our society and the way many people feel and are treated.ReplyDelete
This is harder that "Find Waldo."ReplyDelete
I wonder if he and his assistants are in danger for doing this incredible work.
Great post! I've just put a link to it on my blog. And thanks for your comment on my last post...ReplyDelete
I love his work too!ReplyDelete
Amazing, thank you!ReplyDelete
I loved this and tweeted it on @appalachianfeet. I can't believe what a great job they do painting him into oblivion.ReplyDelete
Thank you! I am fascinated by the dragon tiles ...ReplyDelete
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 www.ekfineart.com.ReplyDelete