Marc Straus

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For the past twenty years, Han has been inventing mechanized sculptures that are part Dada, part Steampunk. Each autonomous machine is programmed and designed to fulfill Han’s single-minded goal: they endlessly play out the inescapable nature of change through their repetitive movement. Han believes, as Heraclitus did, that change is fundamental in the universe: All is Flux, Nothing is Stationary.

Han’s kinetic curiosities are little feats of engineering – exposed custom-cut brass bones and vein-like wires fused with everyday castaway junk, spare parts of old toys and antiques give his machines a crude, low-tech, incongruous attitude. Han bestows on some machines forms resembling birds or quadrupeds. With simple motors or pulley systems, they flap, gesticulate, bob or spurt – sometimes they break down and die, but Han considers the act of replacing batteries or mending broken connections gestures of importance.

The looped processes in some of his kinetic sculptures produce generative art. For example, a series of air-compression machines blow dyed bubbles relentlessly against a barren wall. Eventually an abstract painting appears. Here, time is the essential medium. In another assembly-line setup, brush-wielding robotic appendages continuously spread paint around a canvas. The action of painting is executed unemotionally according to the kinematics of their rigid systems.

Naturally curious, Han reminds of someone who takes apart his clock to see its inner workings, then repurposes its parts to tick to an altogether different heartbeat. In-between metaphor and material, his work exudes character with effortless authenticity.

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Selected Works
2015
Aluminum, steel, controller, car doors
126 x 102 x 55 inches
320 x 260 x 140cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Flying

2015
Aluminum, steel, controller, car doors
126 x 102 x 55 inches
320 x 260 x 140cm

2013
Glass ball, air compressor, bubble juice, dye, plastic tube
256 x 98.5 x 98.5 inches
650 x 250 x 250cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Queen's Arrow

2013
Glass ball, air compressor, bubble juice, dye, plastic tube
256 x 98.5 x 98.5 inches
650 x 250 x 250cm

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Queen's Arrow (Detail)
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Queen's Arrow (Finale)
2007
Motor, Glycerin, Indian ink stick, copper, controller, pulley, rubber band, feather, plaster
Dimensions Variable -  Marc Straus Gallery
White Pond

2007
Motor, Glycerin, Indian ink stick, copper, controller, pulley, rubber band, feather, plaster
Dimensions Variable

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2008
Steel, copper, motor, bubble juice, strawberry scent
Time-based dimensions -  Marc Straus Gallery
Red Blossom

2008
Steel, copper, motor, bubble juice, strawberry scent
Time-based dimensions

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Red Blossom (Installation detail)
2011
Steel, copper, motor, bubble juice
Time-based dimensions -  Marc Straus Gallery
Pink Voyage

2011
Steel, copper, motor, bubble juice
Time-based dimensions

2010
Dye on Canvas
64 x 51 inches
162 x 130 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Plant B

2010
Dye on Canvas
64 x 51 inches
162 x 130 cm

2010
Copper, glass, air pump
63 x 16 x 16 inches (with base)
160 x 40 x 40 cm (with base)
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Sky Generator

2010
Copper, glass, air pump
63 x 16 x 16 inches (with base)
160 x 40 x 40 cm (with base)

2009
Plastic model, steel, wood, epoxy resin, ABS plastic, copper, silver cup, speaker, radio receiver, motor, feather, steel wheel, chalk powder
30.7 x 25.6 x 19.6 inches
78 x 65 x 50cm
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Dream Fiend 5C

2009
Plastic model, steel, wood, epoxy resin, ABS plastic, copper, silver cup, speaker, radio receiver, motor, feather, steel wheel, chalk powder
30.7 x 25.6 x 19.6 inches
78 x 65 x 50cm

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Socket Branch
2016
Wire, Found plug
7.5 x 5 x 5 inches -  Marc Straus Gallery
Han Jinsu

Socket Branch
2016
Wire, Found plug
7.5 x 5 x 5 inches

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