RE/PUBLIC Inaugural Exhibition
February 2016 - TBD
Mina Cheon (천민정 PhD, MFA) is a Korean-American new media artist, scholar, and educator who divides her time between Seoul, South Korea, Baltimore, and New York, and is a Full-time Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Cheon has exhibited her political pop art known as “Polipop” internationally. Polipop draws inspiration from global media and popular culture and makes work that intersects politics and pop in subversive and provocative ways. In particular, the artwork focuses on geopolitical and contested spaces and political pop icons while responding to Asia’s relationship with the Western world in global media culture. The work is expressed in diverse mediums such as new media, video, installation, and performance as well as traditional media such as paintings and sculptural objects. The five digital paintings installed at the RE/PUBLIC’s inaugural exhibition were from the original 2012 mid-career retrospective exhibitions “Polipop: Political Pop Art” at the Sungkok Art Museum in Seoul, Korea and “Polipop and Paintings” at the Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, Maryland. The artist is thrilled to bring them out again on this occasion, at a time when artists are charged as social activists and agents of change. Both the rare edition of “Polipop” museum catalog and Cheon’s new art book “DPRK Polipop: Sweet Revolution” will be made available for purchase and signed by the artist, as well as the limited edition diptych poster set of Happy North Korean Children.
Cheon has exhibited at the Ethan Cohen New York gallery, Trunk Gallery Seoul, American University Museum DC, Maryland Art Place, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul Olympic Museum, C.Grimaldis Gallery, Insa Art Space Korean Art Council, Lance Fung Gallery NY, Taiwan Kaohsiung Museum of Art to name a few, and her artworks are in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Smith College Museum of Art, Sungkok Art Museum and others. Recently awarded a significant art commission from the Mayor’s Office and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, Cheon, with architect Gabriel Kroiz will install “Diamonds Light Baltimore,” for Light City Baltimore, the first large scaled outdoor light festival for art, innovation, and technology this spring 2016 during the time this exhibition will be up. Mina Cheon Studio is located at K-Town Studios in Little Korea of Baltimore.
The artwork pictured is not the artwork in the space, please feel free to inquire about a visit to the space to see more!