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Liu Bolin: The Invisible Man

Liu Bolin is known for his ability to camouflage with his surroundings. Over the years, he has disappeared amidst graffiti walls, and various iconic landmarks and monuments around the world. Bolin's status as the “Invisible Man” thereby hopes to encourage individuals to reconsider the circumstances of one’s own life.

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Liu Bolin is known for his ability to camouflage with his surroundings. Over the years, he has disappeared amidst graffiti walls, statues, and various iconic landmarks and monuments around the world. The process can sometimes take up to 10 hours; a meticulous endeavor that combines a number of techniques – from sculpture, to body art, to performance photography. Each work of art is a creative game of hide-and-seek, carefully designed to address our relationships with society. This year, his latest exhibition at the Eli Klein Art Gallery in New York shows him blending into grocery produce sections, shelves packed with soft toys, and magazine racks; showcasing the dilemma common among consumers today.

Bolin’s status as the “Invisible Man” hopes to encourage individuals to reconsider the circumstances of one’s own life. As Bolin noted in an interview with Daily Mail, “Each one chooses his or her path to come in contact with the external world.” Through his art work, Bolin, who often considers himself an outsider, creates a tension that challenges the audience to question what is on and beneath the surface.

Scroll through the pictures below for Bolin’s art work through the years, and let us know what you think of his disguises in the comment section.

The ruins of Suo Jia Cun an artist community in Beijing by Liu Bolin. Image via unurth.com.

Sleeping Lion, part of the Hiding in the City series by Liu Bolin at Eli Klein Fine Art. Image via dailymail.co.uk

Mobile Phones, part of the Hiding in the City series by Liu Bolin at Eli Klein Fine Art. Image via dailymail.co.uk

Made in China, part of the Hiding in the City series by Liu Bolin at Eli Klein Fine Art. Image via dailymail.co.uk