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Forthcoming Exhibitions - Louis Lannoo GalleryNow you see me, now you don't: The artist who turns himself into the Invisible Man (24th of October 2009 - 22th of November 2009)
In Liu Bolinâ€™s recent series, Urban Camouflage, Bolin paints his subjects as a continuation of their surrounding environment so that they blend almost seamlessly into the background, thereby questioning the boundary between subject and environment. Individuality is an important issue in a country still scrambling to rise up from the Cultural Revolution. China is now in a paradox of adopting capitalist values and economic dreams which exist within an anachronistic communist framework. Within this context of a desperate leap towards a â€śmodernâ€ť future, Bolin suggests the disintegration of the individual. He has commented, â€śIndulged in the development he has achieved, man is in fact digging his own grave with his greed. To bury oneself in human society is by no means a simple way out that can permit one to be worldly wise and play safe. The concept of man meets denial. Instead of playing an active role in a dominant position, man, in the form of concept, characterizes his existence with gradual and self- incurred disintegration.
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