Chief Cultural Producer of JXTA and Storymobile Lead Designer
Roger Cummings is the Chief Cultural Producer of JXTA a visual art
and cultural Social Enterprise that trains and mentors youth and
community members from Minneapolis Saint Paul.
Cummings activates relationships between space and place through art, design,
independent livelihood, and collective social enterprise.
Cummings’ work acknowledges, while at the same time, progresses
the direction of urban visual expression. He aims to create works of
art in public and private spaces that have personal and impersonal
uses, in the hopes of enlivening meaningful, human interactions.
Urban architecture, design, and planning inform my work. In close
examination of these influences, my work has taken the form of largescale
sculptures, pocket parks, and functional enhancements to
public space. The functionality of my work aims to incite in urban
citizens’ a lens through which they are able to see themselves
included, represented, and civically engaged in establishing the
visual identities of their neighborhood. In placing my work at the
center of a critical dialogue, where art becomes a vehicle through
which cooperative models of community engagement encourage
social interactions in public space, my choice of materials have
evolved. I have explored new ways of mixing an accessible medium
like aerosol paint with steel, stone, recyclable found objects, and
photo voltaic. I also have experimented with using tiles and fabric to
extrude and create three-dimensional multi-media biomorphic
structures that reference Hip Hop, urban design, and sustainability.