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Artist and physician Eric Avery’s customized toilet seat at the Philadelphia Print Center
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PAPER CHASE
by Deborah Ripley



After spending an inordinate amount of time at the inaugural Philagrafika print festival in museum galleries replete with wall labels and overly alert museum guards, it was a relief to encounter the raucous and excited crowd packed into the Print Center in Philadelphia, a nonprofit gallery founded in 1915 as the "Print Club." Visitors were making origami or playing a giant board game based on geopolitics designed by Mexican artist Erick Beltrán or lounging in a giant multi-colored yurt erected especially for the fest by a local Philadelphia artists’ collective called Space 1026.

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