Hsu-Tung Han, a Taiwanese sculptor, combines traditional carpentry skills with a radically contemporary aesthetic concept. Each of his wooden portraits is deformed, with pixilated “flaws” that hide portions of the created figure’s regions. For example, a part of a face is missing, or a man’s chest vanishes into wooden cubes. The upshot of these failures gives the sculptures a current vibe, yet the analog media have a nostalgic impression.
Han changes the size of the pixels in his geometric extractions to create aesthetic appeal. This is seen in his most recent essay, The Pacific (“The Pacific”), whose process he has shared on his Instagram. The images offer us a look at the method of creating these impressive pieces. The sculpture shows a man with his lips pursed as if blowing while his hair blows in the wind. To begin the process of creating the three-dimensional shape, Han cut slabs out of the body with some pixels already missing. He then fused the wood slabs together, and now the artist is in the process of chiseling the piece to give the finished shape its signature look.