Meet Chinese performance artist Liu Bolin…also known as ‘the invisible man’.
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Now you see him, soon you won’t.
Chinese performance artist Liu Bolin is known locally as ‘the invisible man’, because of his habit of painting himself into his surroundings.
Liu has vanished into many nooks and crannies around Beijing—his latest location… the intricate doorway of a traditional courtyard house, a typical sight in Beijing.
37-year-old Liu says his art represents the state of humanity.
[Liu Bolin, Artist]:
“Now my art is cultural, it represents the diminishing humanity in today’s society. I use my art to be retrospective on culture, the environment and fast economic development.”
It took three assistants and four hours of painstaking stillness to finish the process.
15-year-old student Meng Yunan says she didn’t notice Liu at all until she saw him move.
[Meng Yunan, Student]:
“I think it’s very odd. I didn’t notice a man was standing there so I was surprised when he moved. I also think the colors are very beautiful.”
Each of Liu’s works carries a message. He said his transformation into a part of Beijing’s ancient architecture demonstrates the importance of accepting new forms of art, while at the same time preserving the old.
But not everyone appreciated his perspective, including one Taoist.
“It is quite surprising to see this. I do not understand the art, painting color onto your body. But after looking at it for a while, you can see that the colors are blending with the building. In Taoism, everything in nature is considered beautiful so I suppose his art is beautiful.”
Over the last four years, Liu has taken his art abroad– he has exhibited his work in the UK, France and Italy.
His plans for his next location are even more ambitious. Liu plans to almost ‘vanish in mid-air’ while on an airplane.
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Live art action expressive motions paintings with body found by artist Barbara Streiff`CH. Sound by DJ Jackomo.
Barbara Streiff was study Art & History on University and Highschool of Art in Zuerich, Florence and Paris. Learning from the old master and later modern art techniques in communicative art exchange on the road all over the World.- Europe – Asia – China – Arab Staates – Brasil. The motions paintings overpainted in expressive abstraction is her passion. The artist did found a new combination in art styles to express herself. Inspiration was the expressive abstraction in action paintings like Mathieux in Paris 1940. later in the USA 1960 Jackson Pollok and Sam Francis This modern art in a new combination like Yves Kleins action paintings with body of womens but to be the acteur byself in performance of art & philosophie. By this performance she express her self with oiled body on paper overpaintings with mixed spay colors.
Digital Art Movie by Barbara Streiff from Switzerland of the Artaction with expressive Bodypaintings for the Installation to the Elements in NY Arts Beijing China Gallery Space China Art Garden 318. – Sound DJ Jackomo.
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Chinese Contemporary art is hot. Recent international auctions have far exceeded expectations with one painting recently setting a new record for a contemporary Chinese artist. Among today’s most prominent Chinese Artists is Yue Minjun, whose signature laughing self-portrait has earned accolades from critics around the world. For producer Joseph Mok, Elaine Lu has more
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