Hiding in the City
The Schneider Gallery is pleased to present work from Chinese artist Liu Bolin series “Hiding in the City,” a performative photography project. The artist, and often the subject, uses paint to camouflage himself and disappear into his environment. Imperial buildings, graffitied walls, collapsed or crumbling structures, heavy machinery, and deserted monuments have all been used as backdrops.
This state of “disappearing” plays with the standard relationship between subject and environment, figure and ground; historically and traditionally the two are distinctly separate. In Bolin’s work the figure is not lost to the space, rather encroached upon by it. Through hiding the subjective spirit of the figure, the individual becomes tragic, and the content, the effect of the work a weighty reflection on the quality and condition of life in Bolin’s native country, China.
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