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    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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