You may never have found Waldo, but it won’t take you long to discover Liu Bolin. This talented Chinese artist has taken blending in to a whole new level in these incredible photographs, in which he disappears, chameleonlike, into his surroundings.
But the fun of these photos isn’t just in spying the artist, but in the visual thrill produced by the deftly conjured effect of Bolin’s spooky gossamer presence; he looks less a figure covered in paint than a ghost, defined by shadow. Bolin has said that his work is a statement on the artist’s outsider status in modern society, and the government’s attitude in his native country (Chinese authorities shut down his studio in Beijing in 2005). But simply as a display of wit, precision and surreal effect, they’re worthy of a quick look. But not too quickly, or you just might miss him!
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