Chul Hyun Ahn (b. 1971) creates sculptures utilizing light, color, and illusion as physical representations of his investigation of infinite space. Ahn’s interest in the gap between the conscious and subconscious compels him to construct illusionistic environments providing a space for contemplation. Ahn’s sculpture urges the viewer to consider man’s boundless ability for physical and spiritual travel while exploiting illusions of infinity and the poetics of emptiness.
Chul Hyun Ahn has translated geometric painting and the Zen practice of meditation into an art of light, space and technology. Ahn entices 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 vast panoply of ways that artists have used light as a medium since the experiments of the 1920s and particularly since the 1960s.