Friday, December 11, 2009

Liu Bolin, the Invisible Artist

Look closely at this photograph - can you see the man who blends into the background? That man is the artist Liu Bolin. He paints himself to "hide" within his photographs. I just watched this interesting newsclip about Bolin and his work. I think it's pretty creative stuff. You can read more about the ideology that underlies Bolin's art (and see more pictures of his work) in this article.

I like how these photographs emphasize the idea that a person is affected by his/her surroundings. I latch onto that idea more than any of the political ideas that influence Bolin, although I think that his artistic/political protest makes sense.

What do you think?