Klein Sun Gallery presents A Colorful World?, a solo exhibition of new sculptures, photographs, and lightboxes by Liu Bolin on view from September 11 through November 1, 2014.
A Colorful World? is a reference to the countless multicolored advertisements and consumer goods that cloud today’s understanding of oppression and injustice. Through lightboxes that speak to ideas of disappearance, detailed painted sculptures, and a continuation of his Hiding in the City series, the exhibition reveals Liu Bolin’s immense artistic versatility, as well as an expression of his revered perspective on global issues of culture, society, and politics.
The two lightboxes included in the show, titled MISSING, include portraits that fade in-and-out of view. The backgrounds these portraits fade into—one hundred dollar bills and junk food—contextualize their disappearance as metaphors for issues within society. As these individual’s portraits disappear in the lightbox, individuals across our world constantly disappear when they are forgotten in the unstoppable cultural pursuit of financial gain and consumer goods.
Through a masterful understanding of depth perception and intricate painting skills, Liu Bolin’s In Magazine stainless-steel sculptures camouflage a casted face into the background of more than a dozen hand-painted magazines covers. The works express Liu Bolin’s thoughts on the loss of individual identity among an onslaught of commercial images like the ones found in magazines. His message suggests that as we consume these manufactured images, we begin to transform into that which we consume until we disappear into the images entirely and loose our individual identity.