You might have come across photos of an artist who paints himself and “vanishes” into background. That artist is none other than Liu Bolin from China or commonly known as “The Invisible Man”.
Liu aims to draw attention to social and political issues through his works. I came across this video in my YouTube feed and I must admit, the thing that attracted me was the shirt he was wearing. It’s best that you view the video to learn the secret behind this shirt. There’s a surprise at the end of this video.
This video triggered a question in me: does being invisible deliver the message? I believe it does when one takes a closer look to find Liu in the photo that, unknowingly we tend to explore the background further in terms of the visual and the issues involved.
As Liu said, “If an artwork is to touch someone, it must be the result of not only the technique, but also the artist’s thinking and struggle in life”. Well, Liu has certainly touched us by camouflaging into the surroundings.
Featured image source: Liu Bolin Art Studio
Library resources on Liu Bolin and his works
|Liu Bolin : hiding in the city
Brisac, Geneviève, 1951-
|Stairway to heaven : from Chinese streets to monuments and skyscrapers = Tong wang tian tang de jie ti : cong Zhongguo de jie dao dao ji nian bei he mo tian lou
University Press of New England ;c2009.