Isla Santay 2007


For his part, Juan Carlos León guayaquileño artist, the youngest of the game, ventured off the tourist route within the hermetic willing to deflower sex wild jungle island.

Between the mud and mangrove jungle, Juan Carlos erected a mud mound encasing a small forest fragment evoking flowery paths or driveways of linear parks. Raising a tropical trail (ie a signal from urban) within the tropical forest appears as a bold extrapolation, which should perfectly describe visual oxymoron. In rhetoric, literary oxymoron appoints figure sewed to harmonize two opposing concepts in a single expression whose result is a third concept subject to interpretation by the reader. In contemporary literature Borges was one of the lucky devotees of oxymorons; for example, when referring to the famous Beatriz Viterbo "El Aleph" says was "delicious awkwardness" or another time when he speaks of "dark light". In Cuenca, oxymoron surely is the name of a famous person in town who baptizes one the main streets, "Benigno Malo." Finally, Hummingbird, Sarduy novel, there is an ornate bar with a winter landscape, "easy oxymoron of tropical scenery" in the words of the narrator.
Juan Carlos Leon
The truth is that Juan Carlos smuggler paths introduced what he called a "city dweller code" in a wild landscape. The strangeness of encountering this Parterre in the woods, like a sudden appearance is an act of warning against the possible urban intrusions, while functioning as a symbolic action of shielding and protection of areas and species of the place.
As with frequent in the land-art or earth-works in these three proposals are subject to change with the passage of time, doomed to disappear with the arrival of winter. And part of its attraction lies precisely in its ephemeral nature, because its volatility is a secret call attention to the fragility of the ecosystem in which they are inserted.

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