The Sunset Belongs to Us

John Medina

Exhibition: Jan 18 – May 6, 2018

What are the two phases of your exhibition?

The first part of the exhibition is interactive. The gallery will be empty except for a sound booth where visitors will be invited to share their favorite memory of living in San Antonio. Each memory will be recorded digitally and, over the course of the exhibition, will be played over speakers along the sidewalk in front of Artpace.

The second phase, opening March 22nd, will see the unveiling of a 20-foot long drip painting meant to represent the San Antonio sunset. Visitors and passersby will be able to listen to the recorded memories, which represent our past, while simultaneously viewing the painting, which represents our present. The viewer represents our future.

Can anyone participate in the memory recording, or only native San Antonians?

The public will be invited to anonymously share their favorite memory of living in San Antonio, no matter if they have lived here their entire life or just moved here last week. Memories provide historical context and, when presented anonymously, suggest a sense of equality that we are not always afforded.

I think it is important that as a community we all share and listen more. In doing so, perhaps we can continue to move forward with a better understanding and a deeper sense of compassion for each other.

What is the significance of the title, The Sunset Belongs to Us?

Sunsets can be interpreted in different ways. For some they represent an ending while for others they represent transition. As we celebrate our Tricentennial the sunset becomes especially significant as a symbol of San Antonio itself, ever changing, but always beautiful and inspiring.

In 2018 we have an opportunity to reflect on where we came from and dream about where we want to go. Progress happens with the best of intentions, but inevitably there will be winners and losers. Regardless, every person who lives here is passionate about San Antonio. The title can be read one of two ways. Either you are claiming the sunset for yourself or you are proclaiming that it belongs to all of us. How one interprets the title is really an indicator of how they would approach the subject of progress in San Antonio.


John Medina

San Antonio, Texas, USA

John Medina was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas; the hometown of Whataburger and Selena. He received his BFA from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and his MFA from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois. He currently lives and works in downtown San Antonio as an artist, designer, and instructor.
Medina has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally. He often incorporates a variety of media into his artwork but has an affinity for hot glue and relief printing. His artwork is influenced by Mexican folklore, Texas history, urban legends, cryptozoology, quantum physics, religious iconography, cultural traditions, science fiction, comic books, “gangsta” rap, breakfast tacos and drunken story-telling. One of his best-known accomplishments, a collaboration with San Anto Cultural Arts, was the completion of the world’s first stereoscopic 3-D mural entitled, Vision del Futuro. Located in downtown San Antonio, this large-scale mural project, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, features an innovative painting technique that is enhanced by the use of 3-D glasses.

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