Philagrafika 2010: So It Begins!



So it begins! This week marks the beginning of the wild rumpus that will be perhaps the largest print quadrennial is US history. The book above is the Philagrafika 2010 guide book, with a cover art by Carl Pope. Pope’s work seems a fitting epithet for what is going to be a huge cascading series of exhibitions and events, which is likely to kick-up a print frenzy the likes of which this town has not seen the British invaded in 1777.

If you don’t know what all the fuss is about head directly to the Philagrafika 2010 site and scroll through the blog and the line-up of artists and activities (which is literally too long to list here).

Here are some pictures of how the guide book is organized. Unlike some I’ve seen it’s easy to navigate, informative and comes with a fold out map!

This book was designed by Smryski Creative the One Every Day artists/creative design team that bring you Megawords Magazine.


First the Graphic Unconscious exhibition sites are organized by location, with some history of the site and curatorial text about it’s approach to the larger themes.

Then each artist exhibiting at that site is given two pages with a bio/artist statement and a description of their work with some photographic documentation.

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Then the Out of Print venues are listed. These are historic sites in the city that are collaborating partners, often bringing in an artist to work with their collection or site. These will be some very cool projects.


And lastly they list the ridiculous number of independent projects happening around the city. These include the many, many local artists and galleries that producing very cool and interesting work. The Independent Projects have probably gotten the least press and there are arguably so many it’s hard to know where to begin, but we will do our best to cover as much as we can.


Are you ready? Are you here already? If not when are you coming to town?

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