This year’s SGC conference in Philadelphia took place alongside the international print triennial Philagrafika, which consisted of several exhibitions all around the town of exceptional quality. The SGC’s array of printmaking related demos, venders fair and a variety of curated print portfolios presented at the participating art schools around town; University of the Arts, Tyler School of Art at Temple and the Philadelphia Academy of the Arts (PAFA),  created an energetic synergy between the well attended conference and the international festival.

Artist Francesc Ruiz in The Graphic Unconscious

Philadelphia’s art schools can boast having some of the best print making facilities in the country it seems, each school offering unique enhancements for the student of printmaking from traditional to digital to letterpress facilities and faculty.

Upcoming Southern Graphics Conferences will be in Saint Louis in 2011 and Southern California in 2012!

For more photos from SGC Philadelphia 2010, check out the FlickR set posted here


food farm

January 5, 2009

Bansky, an artist who focuses on social commentary with visual puns like a good poke in the eye, recently created a farmyard for fast food. Where else would those little chicken nuggets get there start?

Chickens have been on my mind lately, having spent a few weeks with 2 of them this summer. They have a lot of personality and according to some tests, score higher than monkeys. But the reality of how they are treated is very different. The 2006 film “Our Daily Bread” showed how tomatoes were handled with more care than live baby chicks. Just on their way to nuggethood, that’s all.