Artist Statement I’m a modern vandal. My practice is burdened and bolstered by the understanding that in order to create, you must destroy. I define Modern Vandalism as a mindful act of destruction in an effort to create true value. I strive to communicate with balance and harmony using carefully selected materials to reveal messages from the depths of my minimalist line work. I tell stories using manufactured and found objects to explore the relationship of everything and nothing, creation and consumption, life and death, and the ways in which we are all connected. Bio Mike Han is a Korean-Detroit artist and designer. He is a Cheongju Han, a Korean family name with royal ancestry that dates back over 1000 years. Han’s work is inspired by Korean calligraphy, Keith Haring, graffiti, modern design, and cartoons. These seemingly disparate parts are woven together and expressed through a minimalist language of connected lines. Han has exhibited work in Seoul, South Korea, and throughout Southeast Michigan. He has been commissioned to paint murals for Google for Startups, vitaminwater, Apigee, Patrick Thompson Design, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, Derrick May’s Transmat Gallery, Bamboo Royal Oak, for private residences and small businesses in Ann Arbor, Metro Detroit, Chicago, and Osaka, Japan. Han has had work purchased by Paramount Pictures for use in a feature film, has created art installations for Red Bull, and his work has been featured on BBC World News, Apartment Therapy, The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, the Urban Outfitters Blog, and published in Detroit Home. Instagram: @mikehan_detroit
Mike's ArtPrize Entries
These are Mike's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Mike's Past Work
These are images of past work that Mike has done.