Mina Cheon is an internationally exhibiting Korean American new media artist who recently launched “Polipop: Political Pop Art” a significant museum exhibit of over 50 works comprised of digital paintings, light sculpture, animation and video installations exhibited earlier this year at the Sungkok Art Museum in Seoul, South Korea.
Currently on view at the Maryland Art Place (MAP) is her exhibition Polipop and Paintings, which includes the significant work: “15 Billion Years of the Traveling Atom,” 1997-1998, juxtaposed with 15 Polipop digital paintings originally shown at the Sungkok Art Museum and an additional new 6 paintings created specifically for MAP.
“15 Billion Years of the Traveling Atom,” is an enormous 72 x 8 foot painting created in five sections. This piece which celebrates science is a cosmic portrait of the universe as influenced by popular science writers like Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, and Brian Greene. The painting illustrates the life a single atom crossing time and space over 15 billion years, which was the estimated age of the Universe in 1997. Each section of the painting is titled based on a combination of Western astronomical theories like: “Before the Many Bubble Big Bangs” (9 feet x 8 feet), “Many Bubble Universes” & “Kick of the Bubble Big Bang Scenario” (22 feet x 8 feet), “Creation of Four Basic Forces of the Universe: Gravity, Electromagnetic, Nuclear Strong-Weak Forces” (16 feet x 8 feet), “The Big Dipper and Evolution” (9 feet x 8 feet), and “The Milky Way” (16 feet x 8 feet).
This piece was created during Cheon’s study with the renowned abstract-expressionist painter Grace Hartigan at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Produced with florescent acrylic on canvas it was intended to be seen under black light. In this exhibition of the work “15 Billion Years of the Traveling Atom” is showcased under natural light and for the first time since 1998.
Cheon is looking for a home for “15 Billion Years of the Traveling Atom” and also funding for the piece to undergo restoration and cleaning since it was damaged by water prior to the show. She feels that this exhibition is a way to publically share the piece and search for funding for its restoration. For donations click here.
Through June 30, 2012
Maryland Art Place
8 Market Pl # 100
Baltimore, MD 21202