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Through the interplay of mirrors and light, Baltimore-based artist Chul-Hyun Ahn makes mind-bending sculptures that conjure illusions of infinite space. Drawing from op art and light and space traditions, as well as theories of the subconscious, Ahn explores the immersive, illusory possibilities of reflection. He creates his light boxes by combining one-way mirrors and LED lights; the resulting objects look like portals extending deep into uncharted spaces, defined only by glowing geometric forms and fluorescent fractals. Though Ahn is often described as a light artist, he is quick to underline the significance of space in his work: “At the root, my art is about space,” he says. “Without light, the space was not visible, so I brought light to my artworks so people would experience a sense of deeper space in the direction of the fading light.”

Selected exhibitions
2020
Chul Hyun Ahn: Light / ContinuumC. Grimaldis Gallery
2019
Transparency: A Collaboration with La PrairieArt Basel
2017
Chul-Hyun Ahn, Seeking PerspectiveGalerie Paris-Beijing
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Untitled 0320, 2015

Plywood, LED lights, mirrors
43 1/2 × 43 1/2 × 5 3/4 in
110.5 × 110.5 × 14.6 cm
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Baltimore
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Medium

Through the interplay of mirrors and light, Baltimore-based artist Chul-Hyun Ahn makes mind-bending sculptures that conjure illusions of infinite space. Drawing from op art and light and space traditions, as well as theories of the subconscious, Ahn explores the immersive, illusory possibilities of reflection. He creates his light boxes by combining one-way mirrors and LED lights; the resulting objects look like portals extending deep into uncharted spaces, defined only by glowing geometric forms and fluorescent fractals. Though Ahn is often described as a light artist, he is quick to underline the significance of space in his work: “At the root, my art is about space,” he says. “Without light, the space was not visible, so I brought light to my artworks so people would experience a sense of deeper space in the direction of the fading light.”

Selected exhibitions (3)
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