Philadelphia has a long history when it comes to printing. There were Ben Franklin’s press, the first U.S. currency, the first copy of the Declaration of Independence, pamphlets, books, magazines. Many of the documents that shaped American history had their start on a printing press in Philadelphia.
So, with history as a backdrop, the city is abuzz with exhibitions, collective public works and visual happenings, organized in a gigantic print festival called Philagrafika. More than 300 artists at 80 venues are participating in this citywide celebration of the impact of printmaking concepts and methods on contemporary art.
The variety of printmaking techniques is broader than you might think. When Oscar Munoz works on a print, he uses trays of water and floats graphite powder on the surface. Regina Silveira cuts plastic into the shapes of enormous insects. Gunilla Klingberg turns corporate logos into huge mandalas. And Carl Pope creates billboards for communities.
So, with all of these variations, when is a print a print?
Read on to find out more, and listen to the story…
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