The Greatest Disappearing Act

Today’s article is brought to us from our friends at Flavorwire, where Caroline Stanley discusses the greatest disappearing act, the art of Liu Bolin.

Liu Bolin, Hiding in the City No. 93 – Supermarket No. 2, 2010. Photo courtesy of Eli Klein Fine Art

Beijing-based artist Liu Bolin is the master of blending in with the world around him — no matter what the environment. Which is ironic, considering as he explained to The Daily Mail last year, “The inspiration behind my work was a sense of not fitting in to modern society and was a silent protest against the persecution of artists… My work is a kind of reminder, to remind people what the community we live in really looks like, and what kind of problems exist.”

In The Invisible Man, his third solo show at Eli Klein Fine Art, Liu’s self-camouflage skills are prominently displayed in a series of large-scale photographs — snapped both in his home country and during a recent trip to Italy — which take up to 10 hours each to complete. The artist has also spent the past month working on a new series, Hiding in New York, which will make its official debut later this year. Click through to preview a few images of Liu Bolin disappearing around NYC, as well as some of our favorite pieces from the show up at Eli Klein through August 28th.