Although it is Sunday, for us, the Philagrafika staff, it means preparing for a busy week when many artists are coming into town. Some have already started their works: Paul Morrison's assistant, Bianka Craanen, already finished the spectacular mural that is going to grace Moore's façade on 20th street; Kiki smith oversaw the installation of her delicate collaged lithographies at PAFA; Miler Lagos is starting to pile thousands of newspapers in stacks for his carved "throne" at the Arthur Ross gallery; Francesc Ruiz and Pablo Helguera are printing newspapers, magazines and a book; Duke Riley has been canoeing (!!!), and our own Space 1026 members have been busy putting together the structure for the oversize Yurt that will become a reading room-cum-lounge space at the Print Center. True to their collective spirit, Space members are sharing the job of printing cloth tiles that will be sewn into the yurt's covering, building the structure, the seating, etc. It is going to be quite a sight!!
John Caperton, curator at the Print Center, and Justin from Space 1026 discuss the cladding of the yurt.
Some of the silkscreened fabrics that will be used for the walls.
Last night we attended the Gala for the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers University, where the indefatigable Judy Brodsky, President of the Board of Philagrafika, was honoring Kiki Smith. On her brief but moving acceptance speech, Kiki had the generosity to speak about Philagrafika, which she referred to as the world's leading festival regarding the pervasiveness of print in contemporary art. We hope the enthusiasm and interest towards our project that was felt at the Brodsky Center is contagious, and that the buzz that opinion-makers like Kiki are capable of generating will mean a massive attendance to the festival.
More reporting tomorrow.