The Work of China's Liu Baomin

September 10, 2012

The series Extreme Illusion by Liu Baomin cast doubts itself. This series is a visual account which opposes the sense of reality, and therefore the paintings of Liu Baomin portray everything that happened and his happening in the world as nothing but a sense of void...


What the artists portray is nether his inner self nor the objects themselves; instead what he depicts in his work is an intermediate layer between self and object, an element similar to the visual iconic medium of frosted glass. Liu Baomin is concerned with the existence of the images themselves: letting forms peel off from the objects, signifying the existence of the images themselves. What the images by Liu Baomin portray is not the appearance of images themselves; on the contrary, the artist tries to let the pictorial nature become a symbol for the personal experience. In other words through the use of images he portrays the experience of alienation of our epoch...


Self-alienation is the product of a "self" set in a consumerist society and in a materialistic system; from a social point of view, self-alienation occurs when extremely objectified daily life turns into something extremely unreal. This phenomenon is not expressed in the paintings of Liu Baomin in the form of social critism, but in the form of the appearance of a "Self" resulted from a visual experience. This endows Liu Baomin's two series of works with a radical change: extreme reality becomes the portrayal of something unreal. —Soemo Fine Arts