Keep your eyes open: Chinese camouflage artist returns with latest work disguising himself among everyday objects
They may look like plain old photographs of road sides and supermarkets, but these meticulous images take hours to construct. It is the latest series of camouflage trickery unveiled by artist Liu Bolin, or ‘the invisible man’, who made his name blending into the background of everyday scenes.
The new shots, now exhibited at the Eli Klein Fine Art gallery in New York, shows him melting into shelves packed with soft toys, fruit and vegetables, and a magazine rack.
Camouflage: ‘Invisible man’ Liu Bolin has spent his career blending into the background of everyday images
Mr Bolin, 40, spends 10 hours painting himself for each photograph
‘Each one chooses his or her path to come in contact with the external world. I chose to merge with the environment,’ he said.nWhen he is posing for the shots – after 10 hours of make up – he claims even passers-by do not know he is there.
Mr Bolin, who is also a sculptor and painter, goes through swathes of clothes as he smears them with paint for each image.
And his friends have even become accustomed to him enlisting their help to conjure up the spell-binding images.
In one of his latest snaps, shows him camouflaged into a rack of magazines – making it hard to see where they end and he begins.
He claims the images are a statement about his role in China’s society as even passers-by don’t see him