Name: David Medina
Day/Night Job: Artist/ Disc Jockey of latin and world music
Where do you live?: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
How would you define your work?: It is cultural and spiritual, with a classic and contemporary aesthetic.
Why do you choose glass over other media?: because it’s a beautiful, fragile, strong, translucent, energetic and vibratory material, that is also very difficult to manipulate.
Where do you seek for inspiration?: family, history, Dominican culture, Africa, and my heart.
Is your art-work closely related to your music?: Yes, it is the same concept of fusion and tradition, of pride in our combined histories with all of our joy and pain included.
What is the last record you bought?:La Rumba Soy Yo #2, con sentimiento mañana.
Best gig of 2004?: Midsummer Night Swing, Lincoln Center. Which I’ve just been booked for two gigs again this summer 2005.
Best Art Show in 2004?: It was an exhibition at RARE Gallery on 26th St. in Chelsea.
Favorite Museum in New York: Brooklyn Museum.
How would you describe the perfect day in the city?: Warm, sunny, grassy areas and diversity of people, smells, sounds and tastes all around leading into great live music and dancing in the evening.
Do we have to look into our past in order to step into the future?: I think that the past can help guide our constant present. Respect and honor of our ancestors will lead to a stronger base from which to work from. I believe that the stories of yesteryears can and do depict the stories and situations of today. As the old saying goes, The more things change the more they stay the same.
What does it mean to be ’cosmopolatino’?: To be open minded and urban and intelligent and have mucho Ache!!!