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Mina Cheon Studio Past News


December 2014

Mina Cheon aka Kim Il Soon, Line Up Kim Il Soon, acrylic on canvas, 60" x 36"
Thank you for your friendship and support! 2014 has been an incredible year for Mina Cheon Studio. Kicking the year off with Mina Cheon aka Kim Il Soon's solo exhibition "Choco-Pie Propaganda: From North Korea with Love" at Ethan Cohen New York Gallery, things could not have started off better for the year. With tremendous support from Ethan Cohen and his gallery, the exhibition was successful and was received warmly by the New York arts community and beyond, especially by those who supported the arts promoting global peace. This new rendition of Polipop: Political Pop Art exhibition however, also ignited a range of emotions by audience and critics due to the complex cultural and political thought related to North and South Korea. The exhibition was reviewed by Ina Stinus in The Curator's Choice, Jonathan Goodman in Fronterad, and listed on Look Out of Art in America. The exhibition included a series of performances at the gallery as well as artist statements on Artist Organized Art. The kindly donated 10,000 Choco-Pies from Orion Co. for this exhibition traveled from NY to Beacon to DC to Baltimore, where after several exhibition sites, and thousands eaten up, made its way to local soup and food kitchens for those in need.
Opening Performance, Mina Cheon aka Kim Il Soon, at Ethan Cohen New York
Mina Cheon's second solo exhibition of the year was "Happy North Korean Children" at the Trunk Gallery in Seoul, Korea during the summer. Draped in communist red backdrop, Kim Il Soon's North Korean children multiplied and posed in unison, singing their hearts out for the Dear Leader, and portraying both the fantasies and realities of North Korea. This exhibition expanded new patronage, attracted people from the arts sector, education, and foreigners visiting or residing in Korea. The exhibition was featured in Art World Arts Monthly and Wolgan Misool, and included a public conversation and artist talk which invited students of Ewha Womans University in Seoul, where Cheon teaches during the summer.
Happy North Korean Children 2-2, Archival Digital Print, AP, 44" x 92"
As for participating in significant group shows, Mina Cheon was invited to show at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington DC, in an all Korean-American contemporary artists exhibition "Double Mirror." Curated by Irish Inhee Moon, this show was meaningful since it brought together thirty Korean-American artists whom Cheon has been affiliated with across-generations. The exhibition was up from April to June, and Cheon was interviewed by Iris Jang of Voice of America and another interview by David Byrd of "Now," Voice of America, as well as featured with other artists in the exhibition in a review by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez in Art in Asia.
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, DC
Indeed, 2014 has been a pivotal moment for the studio. With the expansion of Cheon's artistic practice and the need of a studio home, Mina Cheon Studio is permanently located at K-Town Studios, Cheon Kroiz building, in the heart of Korea Town in Baltimore, Maryland. The building is minutes away from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) where Cheon teaches. Housed with studio spaces for artists, K-Town Studios has been reviewed by Will Holman of BMore and the artists have participated in the School 33 Art Center Studio Tour this fall.
Mina Cheon Studio finds a permanent home at K-Town Studios, Baltimore, MD

As artist, teacher, and activist, Mina Cheon's year culminated in an important moment, working with her MICA students from "Performance Studies and Cyber Theory" and together performing the "Black Umbrella Protest" on November 25. Standing side by side in solidarity with students under black umbrellas, and in silence at the MICA median, the protest referenced the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement as well as nation wide and international peace protests for Black Lives Matter, ever since the Grand Jury verdict in Ferguson. Photo Credit: Karl Merton Ferron, from the Baltimore Sun Paper.

Mina Cheon with MICA students performing the "Black Umbrella Protest"
A sincere thank you for all of those who made this year 2014 exceptional, and especially to those who have worked and assisted at MINA CHEON STUDIO.
Marching North Korean Children Performance, Ethan Cohen New York Gallery
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