The Impossible Art Of Li Wei

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Chinese artist Li Wei from Beijing started off his performance series ‘Mirroring’ and later on took off attention with his ‘Falls’ series which shows the artist with his head and chest embedded into the ground. His work is a mixture of performance art and photography that creates illusions of a sometimes dangerous reality. Li Wei states that these images are not computer montages and works with the help of props such as mirror, metal wires, scaffolding and acrobatics.

Check out 14 more pics of Li Wei’s artwork over the various years after the jump.

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      Weird chinese kunst Says:

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      Wrong Says:

      He’s doing it WRONG!

    4. 4
      solacetech Says:

      All those upside down pics make me dizzy…

    5. 5
      dogeater Says:

      I prefer the impossible art of Free Tibet!!

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      Phreadom Says:

      Please, PLEASE, for the love of GOD PLEASE -stop- using the phrase “after the jump”!

      Help make the net a more sane and intelligent place. Thank you. :-)

    7. 7
      Mother Fucker Don’t Make No Sense « Put It Up Says:

      [...] This is Li Wei, Chinese artist/stunt man. His work is a mixture of performance art and photography that creates illusions of a sometimes dangerous reality. Li Wei states that these images are not computer montages and works with the help of props such as mirror, metal wires, scaffolding and acrobatics. VIA [...]

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      digicasts » Blog Archive » Curious stuff - The Impossible Art Of Li Wei Says:

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      Li Wei’s Balls-busting Art | SKIRMISHER Says:

      [...] artist Li Wei’s “Falls” series of quirky photos shows the artist with his head and chest stuck in highly unlikely places. He swears these photos [...]

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      ```go Says:

      that is one hot asian mama!

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      Amazing~~~~ Says:

      Must be some sort of PS tricks… still, pretty stunning effects~

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      The Impossible Art « Leigh’s Paradise Says:

      [...] Source [...]

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      goma Says:

      dyemet, it’s possible! O_O

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      Suffian Says:

      Man, those photos look so frickin’ real. I got vertigo just looking at them.

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      ?????? Says:

      All those upside down pics make me dizzy…

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      Elijah Says:

      Whoa , those are so cool. It’s just wires?

    17. 17
      L'incredibile arte di Li Wei | ArteEgo Says:

      [...] fonte: http://www.hemmy.net/2008/04/19/the-impossible-art-of-li-wei/ [...]

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      El arte imposible de Li Wei — tikitaka.ebierzo.com Says:

      [...] fotos de lo más variadas. Se le puede ver con la cabeza y el pecho incrustado en el suelo, o en escenas de los más arrisegadas.  Su trabajo es una mezcla de arte de performance y fotografía que crea la ilusión de una [...]

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      links for 2008-04-21 « toonz Says:

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      Rhoni Says:

      very clever. We all have our own way of being creative and this has obviously had to have taken thought and time. well done.

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      thomas Says:

      hey dogeater,

      You don’t know enough about the Tibetan issue. Don’t follow the herd. Meanwhile, just enjoy the art here.

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      Péter Says:

      I think the Tibetan issue is well known, so I don’t care to mention here. But where is the art to enjoy?

    23. 23
      Sammy Says:

      Don’t use western attitude to look at Tibetan issue. Look back to the history of Vietnam and what you do to Chinese people hundreds years ago, using opium to kill millions of Chinese .

    24. 24
      Leuk is anders - Niet alles is altijd even leuk Says:

      [...] Maar nu kom ik wat werk van de Chinees hoelang Li Wei tegen die toch wel een paar grappige fotokes gemaakt heeft.. Hij noemt het zelf impossible [...]

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      Li Wei - O Chinês Voador - Doutrina Says:

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      CrapWeb » The Impossible Art Of Li Wei Says:

      [...] fotoshoot gemaakt door Li Wei, illusie voert de boventoon en je zal je foto na foto verbazen hoe die knappe kop dit toch voor elkaar heeft [...]

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      Yebak Says:

      photoshop magic!

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      PLANETDAMAGE » 501: a comic intermezzo Says:

      [...] Guy could end up in Wormwood at random places just to suffer terrible acrobatic mishaps. Amazing. (via, original site, thx to [...]

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      Sean-O.com » Blog Archive » The ‘Impossible’ Art of Li Wei Says:

      [...] claims these photos are not Photoshopped. Looks like the laws of physics gave him plenty of [...]

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      El acrobático arte de Li Wei | Blog Image & Web Solution Says:

      [...] [vía Hemmy.net ] [...]

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      p2d Says:

      Yes. Please PLEASE stop saying “after the jump”. It’s stupid, and it doesn’t even apply here anyways. There was no jump. There were just more pictures after you said “after the jump”.

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      haha Says:

      thomas, how the fk would u know what dog knows?

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      Bobbink SEO Says:

      Ghehe, nice set of photoshopped pic!

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      iisan7 Says:

      oic. he states that he uses ps to remove the scaffolding and wires, (body) etc. but not to juxtapose images. i’m down with that.

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      Xacur Says:

      First picture seems dangerous.

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      Verrücktes Netz | Webzy.de Says:

      [...] für einen Scheiss man in den Tiefen des Weballs so alles findet. Ein asiatischer Fotograf macht Bilder, die eigentlich garnicht möglich sind aber sehr cool aussehen. Dazu passt dieses Kuhspiel ganz gut. Ich habe immernoch nicht verstanden [...]

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      pio Says:

      interesting and nice to look at…but please don’t get stuck on this..it’ will get boring after a few more…

      help your country to give tibet freedom

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      [...] La suite sur le site du monsieur. [...]

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      Rasterboy’s Blog » Blog Archive » Li Wei Says:

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      Dangerous Reality of Li Wei « About art(y) form, sometimes craft(y) Says:

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      Ron Says:

      If the message is the medium, he might as well just Photoshop the images all the way and save the setup work.

      The images get a bit boring after the first few. Sort of a one trick pony, no?

    48. 48
      ?????? Says:

      If the message is the medium, he might as well just Photoshop the images all the way and save the setup work.

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      Best Of April 2008 | Best of the Month | Smashing Magazine Says:

      [...] The impossible art of Li WeiLi Wei’s photos are… unusual. His work is a mixture of performance art and photography that creates illusions of a sometimes dangerous reality. Li Wei states that these images are not computer montages and works with the help of props such as mirror, metal wires, scaffolding and acrobatics. [...]

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      Andy Says:

      WHAT THE HELL …

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      Basil Gloo Says:

      Great photos!

    52. 52
      wolf kirchmeir Says:

      Well, it’s one way of getting one’s 15 seconds of fame.

    53. 53
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      Everything Is In/Flux · links for 2008-05-02 Says:

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      Wake Says:

      Good Photoshop, but there are convincing shots…

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      rtfa.net » The Impossible Art Of Li Wei Says:

      [...] http://www.hemmy.net/2008/04/19/the-impossible-art…; Chinese artist Li Wei from Beijing started off his performance series ‘Mirroring’ and later [...]

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      Michael Skorulski Says:

      These images are amazing fun. I laughed my head off!

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      Phil E. Drifter Says:

      This guy sucks and needs to find a new job pronto.

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      É tudo fotografia mesmo « Jaeh!Blog Says:

      [...] É tudo fotografia mesmo 9 05 2008 “Li Wei é um artista chinês que cria uma mistura de arte e fotografia desenvolvendo  ilusões de uma realidade por muitas vezes perigosa. Li Wei afirma que estas imagens não são montagens computador e funciona com a ajuda de adereços como espelho, metálicos, andaimes e acrobacias. Demais. mais imagens e informação aqui.” [...]

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      elizabethsoumya Says:

      bizarre. love it!

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      dumb english muffin Says:

      i heard he got those shorts in tibet. they were made as an arts and crafts by the dali lama and brad pitt during filming of seven years in etc…li wei must have paid good money for those because i haven’t noticed a fade or sign of age on the shorts. i wonder where he got his shirts. probably made in china? i don’t know, off to mcdonalds.

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      Best Of April 2008 - Glimpses of the Aleph Says:

      [...] The impossible art of Li WeiLi Wei’s photos are… unusual. His work is a mixture of performance art and photography that creates illusions of a sometimes dangerous reality. Li Wei states that these images are not computer montages and works with the help of props such as mirror, metal wires, scaffolding and acrobatics. [...]

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      Um gênio da fotografia « Arte & Design Brainarray Says:

      [...] Um gênio da fotografia O artista chines Li Wei, esta nos fascinando com sua mistura de arte e fotografia desenvolvendo  ilusões de uma realidade por muitas vezes perigosa. O artista afirma que estas imagens não são montagens computador e funciona com a ajuda de adereços como espelho, metálicos, andaimes e acrobacias. Demais. veja mais obras aqui.” [...]

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      Chinese air uspending art | angryclam.com Says:

      [...] that there are no computer work and just relies on everyday props to create the effect. See more here [Show as [...]

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      SK Says:

      Wicked! :)

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      DeivisonRamos Says:

      FANTASTIC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Thomas Kiwispotter Says:

      That’s really cool! … and strange at sime time ;)
      May favourite is the guy sticking with his head inside a wall.
      Well done!

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      linuxchick89 Says:

      Those pics look really photoshoped… moast of them

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      Nathan Says:

      Amazing. I like the ones where the girl is throwing the guy.

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      Shmerreldick Says:

      The girl looks good who seems to be throwig him around.

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      jay Says:

      The images are a bit bland at best. The wire work is rather cliche. They look like tests for a film… and considering he’s a “stuntman,” I guess this isn’t far from the truth. In order to be taken seriously as a photographer, he needs to show real understanding of technique and lighting.

      Anyone with a crew of people helping them could pull off this same thing. Nothing makes this work special in any way.

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      Mitkins Projects Blog :: A Chinese artist/stunt man? Li Wei : Mitkins Projects!, The Art of Web Design Says:

      [...] Check out these incredible images here.. [...]

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      affe Says:

      You can see its fake - After the Jump!

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      HM Says:

      “Don’t use western attitude to look at Tibetan issue. Look back to the history of Vietnam and what you do to Chinese people hundreds years ago, using opium to kill millions of Chinese .”

      If it was hundreds of years ago then “we” didn’t do anything, and anyone that did is probably dead…

    84. 84
      Right Brain Resource Blog » Blog Archive » The Impossible Art Of Li Wei Says:

      [...] artist Li Wei from Beijing started off his performance series Posted by Dan Filed in [...]

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      Li Wei « Sunny Street Says:

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      bullshit Says:

      this is BULLSHIT!!! i tell you, it’s so fake. what asshole believes that?? assholes!!!

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      [...] Click here to view more of his work [...]

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      If it looks improbable, it probably is « My agnostic views Says:

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      [...] via. [...]

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      Impossible (real) images, Chinese menus and Mexican superheroes. « Eduardo Angel Photography Says:

      [...] 25, 2008 · No Comments According to Li Wei, these images are not digitally manipulated. He makes them using mirror, metal wires, scaffolding and [...]

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      deedubya Says:

      the very first picture gives me vertigo.

      I need to go lay down now… on the floor where I can’t possible fall out the window or something.

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      Abbey Says:

      This guy just isn’t having a very good day…cool pictures, though!

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      Gattopardo Says:

      fantastic photos. I fully believe him when his states that no digital trickery was used. He already fully states how these are done; ie wires, mirrors, acrobats and so on. Why don’t people believe him? Jealous? Mebbe. Just enjoy the amazing images— they are truly inspired.
      I’d be quite anxious to see more anytime I could. Great stuff, keep it up!

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      Yely Says:

      Awesome art! I really like the ones with the girl in red throwing the boy. And the shot of the guy held by the neck somewhere really high with his “wife” and baby?! Great work!
      ? Yely | Signo Nata

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      jojo Says:

      omg he is like doing the impossible!!! oh and i wanted to give a shout out to all my fans!!!!

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