Chthonic: The Future is Rural
Works by Andrea Reynosa
Opening Reception September 7, 4-7pm
Exhibit open September 1 - 29
After co-founding Smack Mellon (Brooklyn, NY), artist, activist and farmer Andrea Reynosa immersed herself into the life of community in the Western Catskills river hamlets of Narrowsburg + Callicoon, New York, San Fidel, New Mexico and San Gregorio de Atlapulco, Mexico City generating numerous projects and programs that interact with the environment, civic engagement and agriculture.
Reynosa established SkyDog Farm in 2000-16, a lifestyle experiment while raising her two children on 100 acres involving sustainable agriculture, permaculture, heirloom gardening and forest stewardship.
Landscape is a central theme in her work, whether in the form of artistic, social, civic or ecological practice such as the Flow events-artistic gatherings on the Upper Delaware River and Catskill Mountain Park celebrating pure water, the First Suppers of San Fidel, a community food gathering in San Fidel, New Mexico centered around issues of Food Sovereignty, Uranium Mining and Water Rights, with a goal of remembering, visioning and implementing reclaimed agricultural heritage of the Acoma/Laguna Puebloans and surrounding Cibola County residents using the Saint Joseph’s Mission School site as a place for experimentation at their garden site. John Street Pasture, 2014, is one of Reynosa’s major works, creating a large scale Living Earthwork in the Brooklyn Bridge Park, composed of crimson clover and borrowed soil from the park. John Street Pasture use of clover over the duration of it’s run, speaks of regenerative earth practices in contemporary small scale agriculture and the importance of how we interact with the land. The earth’s processes and our human interaction with the environment has long been a primary focus.
Reynosa is currently involved in various community, environmental and artistic investigations including her Living Earthwork Series exploring pre-contact indigenous agricultural technologies applied to permaculture informed land art compositions, collaborative Approaching Silence sound sculpture and formal sculpture and painting studio applications.