Growing up in Seoul, Mina Cheon thought everyone around her was an artist. "Having very culturally inspired parents, they took me to museums every weekend and threw parties for artists and exhibited art around the house."
But there was a different inspiration for Cheon's exhibition "Polipop & Paintings," on view at Maryland Art Place through June 30 (you can see her work under black lights from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. tomorrow). When she visited North Korea in 2004, she started creating work that "was a merger between geo-politics, global media and culture, and pop art." Cheon, 38, who lives in "lovely, historic, pollen central Bolton Hill," chats with b about eschewing cable TV, the work she's most proud of and more.
Worst pet peeve? Having to calculate tip. There is no tip in Korea.
Last concert/gig you went to? I just heard DJ Spooky a couple of days ago in Dumbo, Brooklyn, while he was launching his book, "The Book of Ice," and his multimedia concert was amazing — just mind-blowing sound.
TV shows you can't get enough of? Thursday night is TV night, so"30 Rock," "Grey's Anatomy" and"Scandal." I don't have cable, and I'm proud of it, I actually don't have a cell phone by choice and either people think it is lame or awesome.
Last great meal you had? Always Korean. The best place we Koreans go to is Nakwon on 20th Street. Americans go elsewhere thinking that expensive BBQ and fish tank makes Korean food authentic, but really, side dishes that are marinated for hours by hand is what makes the difference.
Your worst habit? Being concerned about things that are outside my sphere of influence.
Last movie you liked/disliked? "Spout" is a fabulous vampire movie by Alex Munoz. I'm hoping to have a recent favorite by going to the Korean American Film Festival New York (KAFFNY) this week.
Piece you are most proud of in "Polipop & Paintings"? I'm most excited to have my 72-by-8 feet painting from 1997-1998, "15 Billion Years of the Traveling Atom," installed and for public viewing. It's meaningful for me that this painting is showing alongside my new digital paintings.
Favorite quote/saying? "I am stupid before the other." — Avital Ronell
Favorite thing about Baltimore? My husband, Gabriel Kroiz.