Camouflage art
August 27, 2008 1:36 PM   Subscribe

Two artists that paint humans so that they blend into their surroundings: Liu Bolin and Emma Hack (click 'body art' and then 'exhibitions' to get into the image galleries)
posted by Kattullus (16 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Awesome. Some more of Liu Bolin's camouflage images here and here.
posted by Knappster at 2:11 PM on August 27, 2008

If Emma's website is intended to show off her art - which is entirely visual, and depends pretty heavily on the viewer being able to see the hidden figures buried into their surroundings - she should really use bigger images.
posted by yhbc at 2:17 PM on August 27, 2008

The movie Be Kind, Rewind had a scene in which Jack Black's character did this same thing. I had never seen anything like it before so I lol'd big time.
posted by NoMich at 2:29 PM on August 27, 2008

In a geeky way, I really like the million ming vase one. It looks like the typical camouflage effect used in the movies when someone is supossed to be invisible but not really.
posted by Memo at 2:39 PM on August 27, 2008

... 98% of site visitor patience exhausted.

Love her work, though.
posted by seanmpuckett at 2:53 PM on August 27, 2008

I can't look at these images without the theme from Snake Eater playing in my head.

The road stop is my favorite, but Bolin's police images are quite fun as well.
posted by CheshireCat at 3:00 PM on August 27, 2008

Emma Hack NSFW - cheesy topless centerfold "art".
posted by longsleeves at 3:02 PM on August 27, 2008

Liu Bolin's work is beautiful.

And I know that you're going to hate me for this... but the first thing that I think of is that scene in Garden State with Zach Braff and the shirt and the wallpaper. Except that the wallpaper didn't cover his face. Come to think of it, that might have been an improvement if it had.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 3:29 PM on August 27, 2008

Seriously cool stuff.

But I sort of want to hit whoever designed the navigation for Emma Hack's page.
posted by Caduceus at 3:47 PM on August 27, 2008

Beautiful. I'm not sure if Bolin's work consists of painted bodies or manipulated photographs. Bolin's work appears to be manipulated photographs. You can, and I do, use tools like Adobe Photoshop to manipulate photographs. You can even use these tools to paint. Either way, I love their work. I really enjoy the Hack's photographs of the paintings against the black bodies. They are very provocative.
posted by teej at 3:49 PM on August 27, 2008

Too much technical trick (not so far from this) and not enough art.
posted by pracowity at 4:17 PM on August 27, 2008 [1 favorite]

Oooh, more human urban camouflage courtesy of Desiree Palmen.

And from what I've googled up, Bolin's work is actually paint, not photoshoppery. The word "painstaking" gets used to describe it.
posted by redsparkler at 6:21 PM on August 27, 2008

Linking my own comment regarding Timna Woollard from a similar thread, previously. Because I'm lazy.
posted by hincandenza at 8:33 PM on August 27, 2008

tends to avoid the penis no?
posted by leibniz at 12:10 AM on August 28, 2008

The camouflage paint's neat, but I can't help but think that it's one of those things that is a lot more interesting in person, as opposed to a photograph. Mostly because it's so easy to produce this sort of effect in a photo editing program such as photoshop (there are many, many others that can do the same thing.) But seeing something like that out on the street, now that's something that Adobe hasn't been able to produce just yet (give it a few more months.)
posted by agress at 12:20 AM on August 28, 2008

Maybe some kind of laser-sensitive coating could be applied to a surface that would change color when zapped? Then laser print directly on buildings?
posted by pracowity at 1:52 AM on August 28, 2008

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