CHUL-HYUN AHN

Shaped within finite dimensions, the works of Chul-Hyun Ahn employ a combination of lights and mirrors in order to manipulate perspective. The repetitions of light patterns, resulting in boundless reflections, convey the impression of looking into a seemingly limitless space. By providing an illusionistic environment, Ahn’s sculptures encourage the viewer to consider concepts that defy human understanding. “ By looking at the emptiness, I hope people can find the place or something they had been searching for”.

Despite the use of basic industrial materials such as concrete, cast, plywood, mirrors neon and led lights Ahn has the ability to introduce a contemplative dimension to his works. Interacting with Ahn’s installations implies questioning the perception of the object and its construction: by looking deeply into his artificial environment, the obvious physical boundaries of the sculpture become doubtful, the illusion of the endless void and infinite depth generates a dazing paradox.

Ahn’s knowledge in art and technology embraces the Zen practice of meditation: in the Zen Buddhist tradition, the enlightenment is achieved through meditation, which can be increased by reducing optical stimuli. The dizzying visual impact provoked by Ahn’s balanced use of lighting and mirrors is aimed at tracing a pathway to a spiritual experience.

Chul-Hyun Ahn was born in 1971 in Busan, South Korea. Since 2002, he has been living and working in Baltimore, USA. His works have been shown in numerous exhibitions in Paris, Berlin, New York and Seoul.

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    Born in Busan in 1971, Korea.
    2002 MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, USA
    1988 BFA, Chu-Gye University for the Arts, Seoul, Korea
    Currently lives and works in Baltimore, USA.

    COLLECTIONS

    Marguiles Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, Florida
    Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
    Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
    Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
    The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Martin Z. Margulies Foundation Inc., Miami
    Sammlung Schroth, Soest, Germany
    The Hearst Foundation Collection, New York, NY
    Borusan Foundation Collection, Istanbul, Turkey
    Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation, Portland, OR
    Samawi Collection, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    The Marvin and Elayne Mordes Collection, West Palm Beach, FL
    Mr. & Mrs. Don Sanders, Houston, TX
    Washington D.C. Convention Center
    McDonald’s Corporation (McDonald’s Baltimore, Washington Regional Office)
    The American Society of Nephrology, Washington DC
    Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, Baltimore, MD

    SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2020
    Light/Continuum, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA

    2017
    Seeking Perspective, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France

    2014
    Infinite Light, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France
    Infinite Space, The Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, USA

    2013
    Perceiving Infinity, Academy Art Museum, Easton, USA

    2012
    Infinite Voyage, Hada Contemporary, London, United Kingdom

    2011
    Illuminated Void, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA
    Visual Echo, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France

    2010
    Caprice Horn Gallery, Berlin, Germany
    Solo show, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin, Germany

    2009
    A Sculpture Show, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA

    2008
    Phenomena: Visual Echo, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA

    2007
    New Work, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA

    2005
    New Work, Conner Contemporary, Washington, D.C., USA
    Visual Echoes, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA

    2004
    Infinite Directions, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA

    2003
    New Work, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA
    Summer ’07, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA

    2002
    New Work, Conner Contemporary, Washington, D.C., USA
    Visual Echoes, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA

    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2016
    Light/Licht/Lumière, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA

    2015
    Line of Site: Chul Hyun Ahn and Cheryl Goldsleger, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA

    2014
    Korean Shape, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Brussels, Belgium
    Perceiving Infinity, Movado Group, Basel, Switzerland

    2013
    Personal Structures: Time, Space, Existence, Palazzo Bembo, 55th Venice Biennale, Italy

    2012
    Segment 2, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey
    Neon, MACRO, Museo D’Arte Contemporanea, Roma, Italy
    Korean Eye: Energy and Matter, Saatchi Gallery, London U.K
    Samawi Collection II, Ayyam Art Center, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    2011
    Touching the Void, Kunstraum: Morgenstra�e, Karlsruhe, Germany Aha! Moment, Hangaram Art Museum at Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
    Perception/ Deception: Illusion In Contemporary Art, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE, USA Es gibt keinen sicheren Ort, nirgends/Touching The Void, zeitraumexit, Mannheim, Germany
    Perception/Deception: Illusion in Contemporary Art, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE, USA
    Wolfgang Petrick, Artists Anonymous, Chul-Hyun Ahn, Matthew Carver, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin, Germany
    Arco Madrid, represented by Galerie Caprice Horn, Madrid, Spain

    2010
    Look Again, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, NC, USA
    Caprice Horn Gallery, Berlin, Germany
    Solo show, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin, Germany

    2009
    A Sculpture Show, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA

    2008
    Art Paris/Abu Dhabi, presented by Galerie Caprice Horn, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    Immoral Facts & Fables, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin, Germany
    KIAF, presented by Galerie Caprice Horn, Seoul, Korea
    Light and Transition, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin, Germany
    Contemporary Art from the Harn Collection, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
    Scope, presented by Galerie Caprice Horn, Basel, Switzerland

    2007
    Janet & Walter Sondheim Semi-Finalist Exhibition, Decker Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA
    Decker Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, USA

    2006
    Biennial Exhibition, School 33, Baltimore, MD, USA
    Group exhibition, CPS Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    2004
    Luminous Recurrence, The Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, Long Branch, NJ, USA

    2003
    Infinity – Emptiness, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA

    2002
    ACADEMY 2002, Conner Contemporary, Washington, D.C., USA
    Six Degrees in Cold Storage, CAA Conference, Philadelphia, PA, USA

    2001
    Group Exhibition, CPS Gallery, New York, NY, USA
    Multiplicity, Gallery 4, Baltimore, MD, USA

    1999
    Group Exhibition, Creole Gallery, Lansing, MI, USA

    1996
    New Frontier Exhibition, Kyung-In Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
    The 15th Grand Art Exhibition of Korea, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
    The Grand Art Exhibition of Art World, City Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
    The Joong-Ang Biennale, City Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

    1995
    Finder Complex, Indeco Gallery, Seoul, Korea

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