Liu Bolin: Hiding in the City
ATLANTA. April 5, 2016. Jackson Fine Art is pleased to announce our spring line-up of exhibitions from contemporary photographers Christopher Bucklow and Liu Bolin, two artists whose unique approaches to portraiture interrogate the relationship between subjects and their surroundings. Bucklow’s photogram silhouettes, made by recreating a model’s outline with thousands of tiny pinholes and then exposing these to direct sunlight, result in ethereal depictions of bodies in negative space. For Bolin’s “camouflage” installations, the artist better known as “The Invisible Man” in media circles paints himself (and occasionally others) into vibrant backgrounds, dissecting the relationship between the individual and society by selecting sites of controversy or intrigue.
Better known as “The Invisible Man” in media circles, Liu Bolin sprang from a generation of artists struggling with the consequences of the Cultural Revolution and the rapid economic development in the decades after. He discusses the social concerns of his home country through his artistic practice, most prominently through his ‘camouflage’ installations. His "Hiding in the City" series has been displayed in numerous museums and institutions across the globe. Inspired by his powerful visual messages, artists such as JR, Jon Bon Jovi, and Kenny Scharf have invited Liu Bolin to collaborate on creative projects and in 2013, Liu presented a TED talk in Long Beach, California. In 2015, Liu was selected by United Nations backed campaign The Global Goals to create an image that conveyed 17 goals – including ending poverty, encouraging sustainable development and fighting inequality and injustice – where he hid himself within 193 flags of the world. Liu’s work has been exhibited worldwide in solo shows including "Liu Bolin," Dennos Museum, Traverse City, MI (2015); "Liu Bolin," Cyrus M. Running Gallery, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN (2015); "Liu Bolin, Camouflages Urabins," Fondation d’Entreprise Espace Écureuil Pour l’Art Contemporain, France (2013); and "Liu Bolin: The Invisible Man," Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT (2013), among others.