Chul Hyun Ahn‘s ‘Forked Light’ series of light art sculptures confuse, confound, play with perception but above all they create an infinity of space. The concept is simple, Ahn uses light and colour to investigate infinite space, to construct illusions in which we have room to contemplate emptiness and endless space.
The making of these zenlike boxes is rather more prosaic. His primary materials, the one way mirror and florescent lights, as well as plywood, cast concrete and cinder block. He calls his technique ‘the barbershop-mirror effect’ – the strategic arrangement of multiple mirrors to face and reflect each other. It’s very simple – he uses everyday industrial materials to create new space, a space that does not exist yet allows us room to think. Or as his gallery would put it:
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.
I’ve included a really interesting video interview with him from The Creators Project – it gives you a clear idea of what his work is all about and how simple these beautiful sculptures are to make. And remember, when you’re looking at the images above bear in mind that they’re actually quite flat. It’s an illusion.
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