In the summers of 2007 and 2008 Leah and I were in residence at CNEAI (Centre national de l’estampe et de l’art imprimé) on the edge of Paris, at the invitation of CNEAI director Sylvie Boulanger. The artists residence was a newly-constructed houseboat floating on the Seine, open to the daily, often dramatic life of the river. Just offshore sat the cneai bldg, both museum/alternative space and atelier. For one month each summer we created prints (etchings, silkscreens, monotypes, drypoints) in their atelier w the assistance of master printers working there. In the end the works were editioned (elsewhere in France) by master printers. In February of 2009 we had a joint exhibition, “We’ll Know Where When We Get There,” in the cneai galleries, curated by Daniel Kurjacovic. We had a grand opening with performances by many wonderful musicians and artists, and the galleries were full of life. For the close of the exhibition I created a 60 minute audio piece for Radio France Culture, which was premiered for the first radio transmission at a ‘Seance d’ecoute’ in the exhibition space. This audio work was made as an artists-edition LP record, published by the cneai and serving as the ‘catalog’ of the show. Eventually a book, “Water Days” (Jours d’eau) was released in both English and French versions, by French publisher Dis Voir, which documented our time at cneai.
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