liu bolin: gun rack performance at eli klein fine art
liu bolin: gun rack performance at eli klein fine art liu bolin: gun rack performance at eli klein fine art
jun 06, 2013

liu bolin: gun rack performance at eli klein fine art

liu bolin: gun rack performance at eli klein gallery
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on june 2nd, 2013, designboom attended liu bolin‘s performance ‘gun rack’ at eli klein fine art in new york, a pre-show to his ‘mask’ exhibition which opens at the gallery today.


today, my work here at eli kein fine art is about guns, and the many types of fire arms that are out there. for example, the frequently used AK-47 and others used by the U.S. military. before this piece, I have created another one related to the sword and knife which I still have yet to realize,’ says bolin.


designboom spoke with the chinese artist about the work he was presenting on this occasion, which came out of the 2012 law in beijing’s which passed whereby one is required to present ID when purchasing a knife, as well as registering it, whenever the cutting tool surpasses a length of 15cm. ‘gun rack’ speaks of international approaches to arms and weapon control and considers the enforcements taken in regards this issue.


stay tuned for our interview with the ‘invisible man’!



liu bolin getting himself ready for the performance by applying vaseline to his skin and hair
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the artist suiting up
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almost ready…
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preparing to disappear…
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paint colors tested on the artist
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liu bolin’s ‘gun rack’ performance at eli klein fine art on june 2nd, 2013
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the camouflaging begins
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a mixture of acrylic paint and water is used to disguise liu bolin
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the artist remains composed…
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a team of four painters worked to blend liu bolin into his chosen backdrop
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everything on the artist was painted, even his jewelry!
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stand back and take a look…
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‘gun rack’ by liu bolin
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peeling off the paint
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liu bolin
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