Temporary Allegiance. Courtesy of Josue Pellot.
An interview with Josue Pellot, Chicago Artist To Watch
By Miguel Jimenez
Everyone meets at Humboldt Park's CafÃ© Colao to have coffee on a Tuesday morning — from local politicians to the neighborhood’s elderly. I met with Chicago Artist to Watch Josue Pellot, and what began as an interview developed into another conversation among the many in CafÃ© Colao.
MJ: What do you usually order here?
JP: At the very least, I'll always have CafÃ© con Leche.
MJ: Why did you choose this cafÃ© for our interview?
JP: I was born in Puerto Rico but raised here [Humboldt Park], and a lot of my work comes from conversations I've had in this CafÃ©, from just hanging out and talking to people. Ideas for some work began here and turned into full projects. For instance, I was eating a sandwich one day and saw this machine in the corner.
Josue points to the â€œBoricuas,â€ a toy vending machine that sells stereotypical Puerto Rican toy figures for fifty cents.
Family Portrait of Boricuas Toys. Courtesy of Josue Pellot.