Liu Bolin: Vanishing Point
105 New Bond St
20 June - 15 September 2018
Showcasing previously unseen photographic works, Vanishing Point explores Bolin’ssignature method of using complicated and precise hand-painted camouflage to blend into painted backdrops, whilst continuing to raise questions about visibility, concealment, consumerism and the environment.
Evolving from his acclaimed series at Art Basel, Bolin’s latest work engages the viewer byallowing them to distinguish him amongst several vivid backgrounds; including beer cans, English bank notes and coins. Recognised as one of the most imaginative and engaging artists in the world of performance art, Bolin continues to push boundaries by incorporating others into the picture. Last year, the artist enlisted twenty homeless people to feature alongside him in order to raise awareness about the issue of homelessness in his home country.
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in Shadong, China and studied at the at the Central Academy ofFine Arts in Beijing. Emerging with a number of prominent of artists reacting against China’s Cultural Revolution, Bolin’s work, like many of his contemporaries, engaged with the socialconcerns and struggles present in his country.
Seeking out global locations to stage his performative installations, Bolin became an internationally recognised artist and his work has been displayed in numerous museums and galleries including The Louvre. In 2013, he delivered a TED talk about the social and political issues his artwork aims to explore which received over one million views, and in 2016, hecollaborated with renowned photographer Annie Leibowitz for Moncler’s Spring/Summercampaign shot in Iceland. Bolin has paired up with Ruinart for Art Basel in 2018, where he will display eight fascinating works.