我的故事/My story



嗨!我是韩立。我是一名出生长大在中国北京的平面设计师,现活跃于北京、纽约和芝加哥。我正在和芝加哥艺术学院版画系的兼任副教授玄明娥合作撰写《书书2》且该书即将出版发售。

在我4岁的时候,我总是停不下手中的画笔“乱涂乱画”。我认为就是这样的兴趣使我的生活离不开艺术与设计。在我上初三的时候,我停下了(或者应该说是暂时停下了)手中的画笔将重心转移到了升学考试上。然而好玩的是:在我上高二的时候,我又重新拾起了画笔。因为直觉告诉我,我依旧会坚持艺术与设计作为我本科学习的专业。(很多人都说造化弄人。然尔我并不完全同意。Ooooooooooooooops~

密斯 · 凡 · 德 · 罗是我最喜欢的建筑师。他的美学思想在很大程度上影响了我。他的经典名言 “少即是多” 给了我很多启发。在我大四做作业设计的时候,我开始探索与尝试极简主义并试图理解 “少即是多” 的精髓。直到现在,我依旧在追寻细致度、精确度、几何构成以及极简主义,并试图将这些美学元素在我的作品中均衡统一。

我就读于清华大学美术学院毕业获设计专业学士学位;就读于芝加哥艺术学院毕业获视觉传达设计专业硕士学位。我的研究重心主要是版式设计、艺术家书、印刷相关设计和纸雕塑,有时会尝试将其中的几类结合并应用于更广泛的媒材中,如编织艺术等。我的灵感来自于我对几何学、结构学、词汇学、极简主义和藏书爱好等。这些从我的作品中就可以瞥见一二。


Hi there! This is Li Han. I am a graphic designer and artist who was born and raised in Beijing, China and now active in Beijing, New York City, and Chicago. I am currently co-authoring the book “Book Book 2” with Myungah Hyon—an adjunct associate professor from the department of Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,—which will be published and released soon.

When I was four, I just could not help holding pens doodling, painting, drawing, or whatever words meaning similar things. I believe that it must be the trigger at the very beginning of my art and design life. When I was in my 9th grade, I stopped (or maybe I should say “paused” instead) painting to save more time for studying. But the funny thing is that—when I was in my 11th grade—I grabbed my pens again since I had a strong feeling that I needed to pursue art and design as my undergradute program. (I know some may say fate is a bitch. But apparently, I don’t think so. Ooooooooooooooops!)

Mies van der Rohe is my favorite architect and his aesthetic philosophy tremendously influenced me. I admire his world well-known aphorism—“Less Is More.”  Since my senior year, during the time I was working on my B.F.A. thesis, I started exploring and experimenting with minimalism and tried to comprehend the essence of “Less Is More.” Till now, I am still pursuing sensitivity, precision, geometry, and minimalism and trying to balance all those artistic elements.

I received my bachelor degree from Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, majoring in design, and master degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, majoring in visual communication design. I mainly focus on typography, artists’ books, printing, as well as paper sculpture, sometimes trying to incorporate several of them together with even a broader variety of media such as weaving, etc. My inspirations come from my love of geometry, structure, vocabulary, minimalism, and bibliophilism, which you can seize more or less from my work.




插画版权归马慧所有

illustration credit to Hui Ma

© 2018 Li Han.