Liu Bolin is a Chinese performance artist presently represented by the Eli Klein Gallery in New York. His work, in part inspired by the closing of the artists village in north Beijing in 2005 to make room for building for the Olympics, prompted this camouflage series where humans are made invisible and erased from the landscape. His work demonstrates how many people are “hidden” from society at large. Rollo Romig in his New Yorker blog (http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/photobooth/2010/05/liu-bolin-hiding-in-the-city.html) quotes Liu as saying, “I am standing, but there is a silent protest, the protest against the environment for survival, the protest against the state. My work is a kind of reminder, to remind people what the community we live in really looks like.” My understanding is that these photographs are only one part of his performance, that in fact he stands in situ as pedestrians pass him by.
His work evokes a powerful mysterious yearning in me to find and discover his presence and bring him out into the open. His work evokes in me a powerful yearning to recognize and respond to the “invisible” inhabitants of our society.
Read more about him on the New Yorker blog of Rollo Romog– http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/photobooth/2010/05/liu-bolin-hiding-in-the-city.html#ixzz0xGoGqwaI
Lots more photos of his work on Eli Klein Fine Art website— http://www.elikleinfineart.com/html/artistresults.asp?artist=82
This youtube video shows some of his process.