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Roger Ferney-Cortés | Johny Paleta

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Glyndor Gallery
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Roger Ferney-Cortés, "Johny Paleta XOXO", 2024, mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.

Roger Ferney-Cortés invokes the iconic “paletero” ice cream street vendor cart in his interactive mobile sculpture, Johny Paleta. A fictional figure who wanders the city to bring joy through a popsicle cart, the titular Johny Paleta stands in contrast to the popular image of the American nurseryman Johnny Appleseed, who, as myth would have it, indiscriminately spread apple seeds wherever he went.

Fabricated to scale on a set of functional wheels, the sculpture embraces the paleta cart as the basis for a playful and interactive experience. Nestled within, a mirror-lined cube of reflective surfaces with cut-out shapes invites viewers to peer into a microcosm of refracting faces, fragments of the environment, and sunlight. On scheduled afternoons, Johny Paleta will traverse the grounds of Wave Hill and its immediate neighborhoods, offering an artwork that reflects the beauty of visitors and their communities and serves as an homage to the street vendor culture of immigrant communities in the Bronx and beyond.

Organized by Curator of Visual Arts Rachel Raphaela Gugelberger, the Sunroom Project Space is an open call opportunity for New York-area artists to develop and exhibit a site-specific project as a solo show. The 2024 applications were reviewed by a panel of arts professionals including Kiara Cristina Ventura, writer, curator and founder of the roving curatorial platform Processa; Jacq Groves, 2023 Sunroom Project Space interdisciplinary artist and educator; and Gugelberger.

PUBLIC PROGRAM: Sat, Jun 22, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Meet the Artist
: Join Katherine Sepúlveda and Roger Ferney-Cortés in conversation with Rachel Raphaela Gugelberger, Curator of Visual Arts, followed by an activation of Cortés' interactive mobile sculpture Johny Paleta.

  • Roger Ferney-Cortés

    Headshot Roger Ferney Cortés SPS24

    Roger Ferney-Cortés

    Roger Ferney-Cortés is a Colombian American interdisciplinary artist, architect, and educator based in New York City. His practice incorporates public art, installation, assemblage and interactive sculpture informed by the dialogues and contradictions of the street with nuanced attention to our cities' material, political and social realities. Ferney-Cortés’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts and Kickstarter Arts Features in New York, NY, and at SCI-Arc Gallery and Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, CA, among other venues. He is a recipient of the Creative Capital x Skoll Creator Fund, SCI-Arc Graduate Design scholarship, and he is a Ryman Arts scholar alumnus. Ferney-Cortés earned a BA in art history from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MA in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). He is a visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute School of Architecture and a co-founding member of the Brooklyn-based design collaborative Stop 1 Projects.

    Learn more about the artist at Ferney-Cortés Studio.

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