Scream Gallery, 7 April 2014
Chinese artist Liu Bolin has been disappearing for many years now, his images garnering critical acclaim across the world. Using his own body as a canvas, painting himself into the background, his series Hiding in the City was born out of the governmental eviction and subsequent destruction of his Beijing studio in 2005. As a result, Liu began to use the city around him as a backdrop, painting himself to blend in with a landscape in constant flux. By literally blending into the city, Liu, who considers himself an outsider, creates a tension that challenges the viewer to question what is on and beneath the surface. ‘Each one chooses his or her path to come in contact with the external world. I chose to merge with the environment,’ he said. No matter how complex the backdrop, he becomes virtually invisible to the naked eye.