Project Description

b. 1971, Busan, South Korea

Korean artist Chul Hyun Ahn creates sculptures utilizing light, color, and illusion as physical representations of his investigation of infinite space. His interest in the gap between the conscious and subconscious compels him to construct illusionistic environments providing a space for contemplation. The resulting light sculptures urge the viewer to consider man’s boundless ability for physical and spiritual travel while exploiting illusions of infinity and the poetics of emptiness.

Ahn has translated geometric painting and the Zen practice of meditation into an art of light, space, and technology, enticing the viewer to look deeply into his frame of environments. His works create an optical and bodily illusion of infinity through apparent limitless space. The notion of the void distinguishes his work amid the panoply of ways that artists have used light as a medium since the experiments of the 1920s and particularly since the 1960s.

EDUCATION
2002
MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
2000
MA Studies, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
1997
BFA, Chu-Gye University for the Arts, Seoul, South Korea.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2018
GYRE, New Media Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2017
Looking Glass, Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square, Delray Beach, FL
2017
Seeking Perspective (solo), Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France
2016
Reaching into Infinity (solo), Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
2016
Reaching into Infinity (solo), Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
2016
Movado Group, Basel, Switzerland
2016
Light/Licht/Lumière, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2015
Smoke and Mirrors: Sculpture and the Imaginary, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, FL
2015
Line of Site: Chul Hyun Ahn & Cheryl Goldsleger (two-person exhibition), C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2014
Imagining Deep Time, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC
2014
Chul Hyun Ahn: Infinite Space, Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, MI
2014
Perceiving Infinity, Movado Group, Basel, Switzerland
2014
Korean Shape, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Brussels, Belgium
2013
Personal Structures: Culture, Mind, Becoming, Palazzo Bembo
2013
Sanctioned by the 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2013
Perceiving Infinity (solo), Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
2013
Illuminated Void (solo), Sharon London Liss Fine Art, Ontario, Canada Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
2012
Korean Eye, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom Neon, Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome, Italy
2012
Segment 2, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey
2012
Selections from the Samawi Collection II, Ayyam Art Center, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2012
Infinite Voyage (solo), Hada Contemporary, London, United Kingdom
2011
Illuminated Void (solo/catalog), C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD Aha! Moment, Hangaram Art Museum at Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
2011
Visual Echo (solo), Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France ARCO, Madrid, Spain
2011
Touching the Void, Kunstraum: Morgenstraße, Karlsruhe, Germany
2011
Perception/ Deception: Illusion In Contemporary Art, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
2010
Look Again, curated by Steven Matijcio, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, NC
2010
Solo Exhibition, Caprice Horn Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2009
A Sculpture Show, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2008
Phenomena: Visual Echo (solo/catalog), C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2008
Momentum: Contemporary Art from the Harn Collection, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2007
Light and Transition, Caprice Horn Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2007
New Work (solo), C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2006
Janet & Walter Sondheim Semi-Finalist Exhibition, Decker Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore Group Exhibition, CPS Gallery, New York, NY
2005
Biennial Exhibition, School 33, Baltimore, MD
2005
Visual Echoes (solo), C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2004
New Work (solo), Conner Contemporary, Washington DC
2004
Infinite Directions (solo), C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2003
Luminous Recurrence, The Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, Long Branch, NJ
2002
Infinity – Emptiness (solo), C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD ACADEMY 2002, Conner Contemporary, Washington, DC
2001
Six Degrees in Cold Storage, CAA Conference, Philadelphia, PA
1999
Multiplicity, Gallery 4, Baltimore, MD
1996
Group Exhibition, Creole Gallery, Lansing, MI
1996
New Frontier Exhibition, Kyung-In Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea
1996
The Joong-Ang Biennale, City Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
1996
The Grand Art Exhibition of Art World, City Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
1995
The 15th Grand Art Exhibition of Korea, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, South Korea
1995
Finder Complex, Indeco Gallery, Seoul, Korea
SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Commission, MGM National Harbor Heritage Collection, Washington, D.C.
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, FL
Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation, Portland, OR
Washington D.C. Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
Sammlung Schroth, Soest, Germany
The Hearst Foundation Collection, New York, NY
Borusan Foundation Collection, Istanbul, Turkey; New York, NY
Cordish Family Foundation, Baltimore, MD Samawi Collection, Dubai, United Arab Emirates The
Marvin and Elayne Mordes Collection, West Palm Beach, FL
Mr. & Mrs. Eric Moscahlaidis, New York, NY
McDonald’s Corporation (McDonald’s Baltimore, Washington Regional Office)
The American Society of Nephrology, Washington, D.C.
Ron and Una Brasch Collection Movado Group, Inc., New York, NY
Ian Schrager Company, London, UK
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
2016
Kaufman, Fran. Introduction: Light/Licht/Lumiére, Light/Licht/Lumiére. Baltimore: C. Grimaldis Gallery, March 2016: 7-9
2016
Donoghue, Katy. Chul Hyun Ahn, Whitewall, Issue 40, Winter 2016: 56
2015
Bodick, Nicole. 5 Best Booths at Art Miami, Blouin Artinfo, 2 December 2015
2015
Helander, Bruce. Making Waves at Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco, The Huffington Post, 5 October 2015
2015
Pound, Kara. Use Your Illusion: The latest exhibit at MOCA challenges our perceptions of reality, Folio Weekly Art, 7 October 2015
2015
Smith, Tim. Engaging the eye and mind at C. Grimaldis Gallery, The Baltimore Sun, 16 April, 2015
2014
Helander, Bruce. Just Desserts in the Valley of Green Giants, The Huffington Post, 5 November 2014
2014
Civin, Marcus. Chul Hyun Ahn: The Academy Art Museum, Sculpture Magazine, July/August 2014
2014
Small, Rachel. How the Dallas Art Fair Takes You In, Interview Magazine, 12 April 2014
2013
McCoy, Mary. Review: Chul Hyun Ahn – Perceiving Infinity at the Academy Art Museum, The Chestertown Spy, 26 November 2013
2013
Sheets, Hilarie. Limitless Realms, Personal Structures: Culture, Mind, Becoming (la Biennale di Venezia 2013), Vol. 5 Germany: Global Art Affairs Foundation, Kruger Druck + Verlag, 2013
2013
Itzkowitz, Laura. SCOPE Art Show Editor’s Picks, Untapped Cities, 11 March 2013
2013
Tanikawa, Tomomi. SCOPE New York 2013, New York Art Leaf, 10 March 2013
2013
Eberhart, Jennifer. Art fair highlight: SCOPE (Photos), Examiner, 8 March 2013
2013
Shultz, Charlie. From the Vernissage Floor: Armory Week in 48 Hours, Artslant, 8 March 2013
2013
The Fascinating World of Light Artists, All That Is Interesting, 7 March 2013
2013
Roffino, Sara. Former Rebel Scope Art Fair Brings a More Subtle, Refined Array of Quality Works, Blouin Artinfo, 7 March 2013
2013
Labong, Leilani Marie. Narrow Minded, Luxe Interiors + Design, Vol. 11 Issue 1, Winter 2013
2012
State of the Art: Stand Outs at Art Basel Miami, Women’s Wear Daily, 13 December 2012
2012
Tschida, Anne. Edgerton, Anna. Mosovich, Galena. Wooldridge, Jane. Art Basel: The don’t-miss collection, The Miami Herald, 8 December 2012
2012
Dubovoy, Emily. “Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Creators at Art Miami.” The Creator’s Project, 7 December 2012
2012
Lee, Woo-Young. Sculptor Ahn Chul-hyun’s work showcased at Art Miami, The Korea Herald, 4 Dec. 2012
2012
Nehb, Julika. Conversations with Collectors: Carl-Jürgen Schroth; Reason and Emotion, Kunst Magazine November 2012: 14-17
2012
Baik, Kyuhee. Illuminating Infinite Spaces: Meet Chul Hyun Ahn, The Creator’s Project, 25 September 2012
2012
Durning, Daniel. Art & Technology: Scope 2012 Report, ARTonAIR, 2 April 2012
2012
May, Steven. Chul Hyun Ahn, ARTnews, March 2012: 113-114
2012
Singer, Reid. Collectors Literally Pulling Work Off the Walls as Pace Quickens at Scope Art Fair, Blouin Artinfo, 9 March 2012
2012
Singer, Reid. Scope 2012 Tones It Down With Lighthearted Riffs on Art History’s Elders, Blouin Artinfo, 9 March 2012
2012
New Art Fair Highlights Miami Hotspot, MutualArt, 8 February 2012
2012
Van Dijk, Vivian. EYES IN interviews Chul Hyun Ahn, EYES IN Magazine, 3 January 2012
2011
O’Sullivan, Michael. Looking at what can’t be seen, The Washington Post, 23 December 2011: 13
2011
Smith, Tim. Seeing the Light, The Baltimore Sun, 23 December 2011
2011
Gardner, Lee. Done With Mirrors: Chul Hyun Ahn Explores the Void, City Paper, 22 December 2011: 22
2011
Baron, Boykoff Joan. Baron, Reuben M. A real Titian at Art Miami? The Barons in Wynwood, Artcritical, 19 December 2011
2011
Sheets, Hilarie. Limitless Realms, Chul Hyun Ahn: Illuminated Void. Baltimore: C. Grimaldis Gallery, November 2011: 6-9
2011
Gardner, Lee. Chul Hyun Ahn: Illuminated Void, City Paper, 9 November 2011
2011
Gallegos, Anna. Inaugural Art Fair Draws Crowds, Houston Chronicle, 19 September 2011: B2
2011
Popova, Ekaterina. Delaware Art Museum Looks – and Looks Again – at Illusion Drawn from Nature,Artes Magazine, 18 July 2011.
2010
Like your art perplexing? Socially relevant? Check out our top picks, The Miami Herald, 2 December 2010
2010
Delcambre, Dave. Teaching a Familiar Space New Tricks, (review of SECCA’s Look Again) Zampetti, Chiara. L’arte trasforma Berlino, Il Sole 24 Ore, 5 October 2010
2010
Matijcio, Steven. Look Again, Guide to exhibition at Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), July/October 2010
2009
Bierstein, Malika. Art Miami VIP Sneak Preview Shines, Haute Living Magazine, 4 December 2009
2008
Margulies, Martin Z. with texts by Katherine Hinds, Klaus Kertess, and Peter Plagens, The Martin Z. Margulies Collection: Painting and Sculpture, Martin Z. Margulies Foundation, 2008
2008
Ober, Cara. Chul Hyun Ahn (review of Phenomena: Visual Echo), ARTnews, December 2008: 131
2008
McCabe, Bret. Empty Quest (review of Chul Hyun Ahn: Visual Echoes), City Paper, 8 October 2008
2008
Murray, Audrey. Tunnel vision (review of Phenomena: Visual Echo), Baltimore Style, Sept/October 2008: 22
2008
Adams, Virginia K. Clear your Mind, Contemplate Infinity: Chul Hyun Ahn’s Meditation Boxes, Baltimore: C. Grimaldis Gallery, September 2008
2008
Noonan, Kate. Art: Grimaldis @ 405, City Paper, 23 July 2008
2008
McNatt, Glenn. Galleries’ big (and bigger) sculptures, The Baltimore Sun, 26 June 2008
2008
Feinstein, Roni. Private Collections and Nonprofits, Art in America, March 2008: 82-83
2007
McNatt, Glenn. Illuminating Colorful Reflections, The Baltimore Sun, 17 January 2007
2007
Capuzzo, Mariangela. Celebrating Sculpture: Selections From the Collection of Martin Z. Margulies, Miami Art Guide 17 November 2007
2006
Salcman, Michael. State of the Art, Urbanite Magazine 1 May 2006
2005
McNatt, Glenn. Artful Architecture, The Baltimore Sun 19 October 2005
2004
Genocchio, Benjamin. ART REVIEW; A Show Where Light Is Very Heavy” (Review of Luminous Recurrence at Shore Institute), The New York Times 19 December 2004
2004
McNatt, Glenn. Chul Hyun Ahn’s Light-box Illusions Delight the Eye (Review of Infinite Directions solo exhibition), The Baltimore Sun 22 January 2004
Some Things to Look For, The Art Newspaper: International Edition, Vol. XVI, No. 186

Folio Weekly Magazine: Use Your Illusion
In Daniel Rozin’s installation, Penguins Mirror, 450 motorized stuffed black- and-white birds turn side-to-side in the presence of an audience. In Kathleen Vance’s Rogue Stream, a miniature replica of the St. Johns River courses through the gallery. These are just a few of the works of art you will see in MOCA Jacksonville’s new exhibition, Smoke and Mirrors: Sculpture and the Imaginary, which examines perception versus reality. Located on the third floor galleries, Smoke and Mirrors features six national and international artists, including Chul Hyun Ahn, James Clar, Patrick Jacobs and Ken Matsubara.

Untapped Cities: SCOPE Art Show Editor’s Picks (PHOTOS)
Korean artist Chul Hyun Ahn‘s “Railroad Nostalgia” was impossible to miss. Face to face with the work, the railroad tracks seem to stretch endlessly into the distance, thanks to the mirrors, which may be an old trick but nevertheless create an appealing optical illusion.

New York Art Leaf: Scope New York 2013
Last year, Scope put up its tent across the street from The Armory Show.  This year, it has drastically changed its location to the historic building that houses the main office of US Postal Service near Penn Station.

ArtSlant: From the Vernissage Floor – Armory Week in 48 Hours
This is the fair for emerging artists—its “breeder program” is exclusively for young galleries—and by extension emerging gallerists. A highlight for me was Chul Hyun Ahn’s Railroad Nostalgia (2012) at the C. Grimaldis gallery. It uses a conventional mirror trick to create the illusion of railroad tracks stretching to infinity.

All That is Interesting: The Fascinating World of Light Artists
Chul Hyun Ahn is a Korean light artist oft-considered to be an integral part of a group of young light artists that is trying to expand the horizons of light art. Ahn is best known for his pieces that explore the use of light to create seemingly endless spaces while simultaneously examining the themes behind zen meditations.

Blouin Artinfo: Former Rebel Scope Art Fair Brings a More Subtle, Refined Array of Quality Works
Ahn’s “Railroad Nostalgia” presents panels of track faced with mirrored glass which, due to the optically distorting quality, make the tracks appear to stretch endlessly. As a thoughtful counter to his neon works, which are also on display, together each offers different entry points but similarly fascinating explorations of depth, perception, light, and space.

MutualArt: New Art Fair Highlights Miami Hotspot
Fresh out of Miami for its inaugural edition is the highly-anticipated Art Wynwood, displaying the hottest trends in Contemporary art. “The Wynwood Arts District is going through a great period of urban and commercial revitalization,” said fair organizer and director Nick Korniloff, and the opening of this new event perfectly befits the burgeoning art hotspot. 

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