Feb 6th 2016

Stella Brown: Prairieland Seed Shop

@ Slow Pony Project

1745 W 18th Street, Chicago IL

Opening Saturday, February 6th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Tuesday, March 15th

Stella brown is literally setting up shop for the 2nd Floor Rear Festival by converting Slow Pony Projects, a previous butcher shop, into the a seed shop and installation of prairie taxonomy. Brown is responding to human induced shifts in our global ecology, and the collective anxiety over preserving what is left. Locally, there has been resurgence of the Chicago Park District’s restoration of native prairie landscapes in various forgotten parks around the Chicagoland area. Although specialists working in ecological restoration often seek to re-create these environments as pristine replicas of the past landscape, the repercussions of the initial urbanization has already occurred, shifting natural space into human designed space. By selling prairie seeds, Brown is packaging and distributing elements of this landscape as a way of encouraging the viewer to participate in the renewal process through their own garden technology, as well as point to problematic commodification of these fragile landscapes through urban developement. While the prairie restoration project designates land to recreate something similar to the previous prairie habitats, we also have the opportunity to co-exist with these landscapes in our private space. Gardening can be a tool for promoting these habitats in co-operation with our homesteading; the prairie can thrive on in our yards, roofs, and alleys.

About Slow Pony Project:
Slow Pony Project is located on 18th street in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Previously a butcher shop, this space has been converted into a project space for cutting up and serving ideas, sounds, and art objects to its audience. Its programming comprises musical and art performances in the storefront, art installations in the storefront window, and publications of music and ideas.
Programming contributors: Liz McCarthy, Bart Winters and Miranda Winters.

Project/Personal Website(s):
Stella Brown: http://www.stellajbrown.com/
Slow Pony Project: https://www.facebook.com/SlowPonyProject/

This Exhibition is a part of the 2016 2ND FLOOR REAR FESTIVAL programming
For more information: http://2ndfloorrear.org/

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING: Germination Demonstration with Kathleen Soler Sunday @ 1pm and more TBD!

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