Liu Bolin is an artist from Shandong, China, who specialises in camouflage. The photos can take 10 hours each to shoot (and presumably way more in preparation), and are supposedly a protest against the persecution of artists by the Chinese government, who shut down his art studio in 2005. In particular, he’s highlighting the way individuals are required to blend into society, or face the consequences.
Normally, I hate artist’s statements, which try and infuse their work with way more significance than it actually has, but this actually adds meaning. The police shots, as well as being amazingly executed, are probably the most obvious representation of what he’s trying to say:
Archive for May, 2011
A human genome, as written in nucleotides (ACGT), from the Welcome Collection. At approximately 3.3 billion base pairs, it’s a staggering illustration of the amount of information in our genes.
Such unimaginable complexity, an exquisitely choreographed miracle of chemistry, coming together to make you. And how do you celebrate the wonder that is your existence? You sit on your arse and check the internet. You disgust me… *picks nose*
To be honest, I’d pretty much entirely forgotten about the whole thing, so the pleasure of receiving a postcard morphed into confusion as to who would send me something so rude, and finally dawning realisation and laughter.
Anyway, the hate mail:
Click to enlarge, but in case it’s not clear, the postcard is a 1962 photograph of Malaga and the drawing on the back is of the Gerkin giving me the finger.
Seeing as the three people who actually read this blog already know who I am, blanking out my name and address is a little self-indulgent, but it makes me feel like a total – REDACTED – .