About the Ebook
DPRK POLIPOP : SWEET ♥ REVOLUTION is an art book by political pop and new media artist MINA CHEON who has taken on the artistic persona of a North Korean social realist painter "Kim Il Soon" for the sake of promoting Korean unification and global peace. The book highlights the collection of Cheon’s artwork, which she calls “DPRK Polipop,” a new branch of her Polipop: Political Pop Art series. The book also showcases 2014 exhibitions at the Ethan Cohen New York gallery and Trunk Gallery Seoul, Korea, as well as including texts by Cheon, art critic Jonathan Goodman, curator Jin Kwon, and reporter Iris Jang of Voice of America. The book is published by Mina Cheon Studio at K-Town Studios in Baltimore, Maryland, 2015. Mina Cheon Studio is dedicated to scholarly work and art production of contemporary and global, new media political pop art projects.
DPRK POLIPOP : SWEET ♥ REVOLUTION
BY MINA CHEON
ISBN: 9781320705875 PAGES: 66
© Copyright 2015 Mina Cheon, all rights reserved
Published by MINA CHEON STUDIO
MINA CHEON STUDIO @ K-TOWN STUDIOS
100 West 22nd Street, Baltimore MD 21218
Book design by Travis Levasseur and Leslie E. Chung of MINA CHEON STUDIO
MINA CHEON (천민정 PhD, MFA), a Full-time Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), is a Korean-American new media artist, scholar, and educator who divides her time between Seoul, Baltimore, and New York. Cheon has exhibited her political pop art known as “Polipop” internationally that draws inspiration from global media, intersecting politics and popular culture in subversive yet provocative ways. In particular, Cheon’s recent artwork focuses on geopolitical and contested sites and political pop icons while responding to Asia’s relationship with the Western world in global media culture. Her art varies from new media, video, installation, and performance to traditional media such as paintings and sculptural objects. Assuming different artistic identities and pseudonyms during the past twenty years such as Minaliza1000 and M-1000, Cheon’s latest avatar and alter ego is Kim Il Soon, a North Korean artistic persona who is a social realist painter.