Juan is a multidisciplinary artist born in Del Rio, TX and raised
in the southeast side of San Antonio, TX. He received his BA in
Art from Connecticut College in New London, CT. He was the
recipient of the Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Fellowship which funded
his concentration on sound art in Mexico City for over a year. His
start was in the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum's MOSAIC
program, where he participated in making murals out of hand made
mosaic tiles along with other high school students. He is
currently an MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago in the Art & Technology Studies Program.
My practice stems from a long history of traveling between the two
neighboring border towns of Del Rio, TX, and Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.
I have become fascinated by the border town as a point of contact,
as well as a portal to ambiguity and disorientation. I am curious
about sites of transition, these and similar ones, as catalyzers
for deconstructing realities and revealing the absurd. Coming from
a family that participates often in flea markets, yard sales, and
junkyard scrap hunting, I am familiar with using discarded
objects, electronics, and everyday materials with histories to be
excavated. It is in these zones where I find inspiration to become
a technological bricoleur in order to escape the limitations given
by conventional products and interfaces.