Art at its most significant is a distant early warning system that can always be relied on
to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen.
Juan’s operative habit to create art is rare and his artworks may be likened to Thomas Aquinas “arts of right reason.” The saint if he had the chance to see Juan’s artworks would certainly comment ( I am pretty sure of this) and write “not for the will with which a craftman does a work, but for the quality of the work I say commendable.”
Of course, Aquinas had not live in a time where styros packaged his lunch, the aesthetics of Juan’s artworks would suit his taste of creative fine art. Juan is one of the few “artists” in the Philippines which experiments by combining wit, fantasy, activism and nature. Elani writes “as styrofoam would take a million of years to recycle itself, it could take only a few seconds to dilute it into art.” Using the past, the present and the future as hiscanvass, Juan gave us his “kwentong styro”.
So, let us all dilute this residual wastes and turn them into beautiful artworks. Recycling millions of styrofoams would mean producing millions of colorful artworks!
For more visit Juan’s styro-artworks exhibit at the Samtoy Bookstore, La Tabacalera Lifestyle Center, Laoag City.