*Ars Gratia Pecuniae: Artist Liu Bolin, Who Normally Makes Himself Disappear, Makes Ford Fusion Stand Out

Chinese performance plus visual artist Liu Bolin is well-known as the invisible man. He has himself photographed following he’s dressed plus painted himself to virtually completely blend into the background.  Besides any deeper philosophical implications regarding the state of guy inside his function, the pictures are visually arresting plus wryly smart. Someone at Ford or their advertisement agency should furthermore be smart considering they got an inspired idea: hire Bolin to result in the dramatically styled 2013 Ford Fusion stand out inside consumers’ minds by painting the Fusion’s competitors into the background. I think it’s a brilliant concept, yet then I’ve utilized the portmanteau Camcordata me to describe the fairly indistinguishable vehicles inside the midsize sedan marketplace. Making the Fusion’s competitors virtually blend into the background effectively gets the content over which the Fusion is different. Do we agree?

All rights Liu Bolin.

Andy Warhol painted images of soup cans. Liu Bolin paints himself because soup cans.

Art plus commerce have usually been inextricably connected. In latest years collectors of fine automotive art have started to appreciate the authentic commercial art selected inside advertising, like Art Fitzpatrick plus Van Kaufman drew for Pontiac inside the 1960s, plus there are the distinguished BMW art vehicles, nevertheless it’s actually an older custom. Whenever the wonderful (plus big, too) 1910 Oldsmobile Limited, rolling 42s, was capable to beat out the 20th Century Limited train inside a race from Albany to NY City, the Oldsmobile business commissioned artist William Harnden Foster to paint what has become recognised as Setting The Pace. They continued to utilize it plus up-to-date versions (because automobile models changed) of the painting for over a decade. The firm additionally distributed lithographic duplicates about canvas recognised as “oiliographs”. One copy is within the assortment of the National Automotive History Collection of the Detroit Public Library, donated by Oldsmobile. Last year 1 of those oiliograph prints available at Bonhams for $ 1,464 (including premium). That’s over a great deal of actual Oldsmobiles are value.

William Harnden Foster continues to be appreciated because an artist. His paintings sell within the mid 4 to the excellent five figures. In general, Bolin’s  prints are not value very because much because Foster’s functions, even so they do have a prepared marketplace plus market for thousands of $ each. A Liu Bolin commission for anything like the Ford advertisement shoot should expense various instances which amount.

So why might Ford take the cost of paying Bolin’s commission to hand paint the additional vehicles as well as the expense of setting up the photograph shoots whenever it all might have  been performed digitally (because opposed to manually – however, then he’s utilizing his digits whenever he paints isn’t he?) with several CGI effects?  According to Bolin, passion plus authenticity.

“My function is completed found on the computer without the utilization of paint, nevertheless computers cannot convey feelings. That is anything which the artist catches with his paintbrush.”

Working with a distinguished artist could equally provide a firm the touch of class. Besides, not each automotive plus advertising executive would like to hang about jocks. Many have a taste for fine art also. I wouldn’t be amazed when professionals at Ford (or their advertisement agency) ended up with finalized plus numbered prints of the completed advertisement shoots.

Since we’re discussing the intersection where Art  Hwy meets Commerce Rd, it must come because no surprise which Ford has additionally posted  a “making of” movie of Bolin setting up plus painting the installations about YouTube . They moreover issued a click launch.

Click here to see the embedded movie.

Ford hit launch here.

*Tip O’ the hat to the late, perfect Stan Freberg.

Ronnie Schreiber edits Cars In Depth, a realistic attitude about vehicles & vehicle culture as well as the authentic 3D vehicle website. If you found this post worthwhile, you are able to dig deeper at Cars In Depth. If the 3D thing freaks we out, don’t worry, all picture plus movie players used at the site have mono choices. Thanks for reading – RJS

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