Poetry. Art. In this lambent collaboration, visual artist Marina Adams echoes the spareness of Norma Cole's language with delicate lines that contour muscular negative spaces, sometimes stark and densely foreboding, sometimes luxuriant with color. Norma Cole dialogues with Marina Adams with syncopated poems concerned with fragmentation, transformation, love, precarity, and the tenuousness of kinship between places, things, and being. In ACTUALITIES, poet and artist meditate in tandem, moving between anxiety and reconciliation, in a call and response with one another, and with a cosmos that continuously thwarts knowing, refusing to sit still.
Norma Cole is a poet, painter and translator. Her most recent poetry publications are a little a & a (Seeing Eye Books) and Spinoza in Her Youth (Omnidawn Press). SCOUT, a text/image work was brought out by Krupskaya Editions in CD-ROM format. Among her poetry books are MARS (Listening Chamber, 1994), MOIRA (O Books, 1995) and Contrafact (Potes and Poets Press, 1996). Translation work includes Danielle Collobert's NOTEBOOKS, 1956-1978, Anne Portugal's NUDE, CROSSCUT UNIVERSE: WRITING ON WRITING FROM FRANCE, and Fouad Gabriel Naffah's MIND-GOD AND THE PROPERTIES OF NITROGEN. Cole has been the recipient of a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award, Gertrude Stein Awards, as well as awards from The Fund for Poetry. "Poetics of Vertigo," Cole's George Oppen Memorial Lecture, won the Robert D. Richardson Non-Fiction Award. She teaches in the Bay area and is on the faculty of the MFA program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Canadian by birth, Cole migrated via France to San Francisco where she has lived since 1977.Marina Adams is a painter who lives and works in both New York City and Parma, Italy. She received her MFA in painting from Columbia University's School of the Arts and a BFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Selected solo exhibitions include Marina Adams: Coming Thru Strange at Hionas Gallery, NYC (2013), Marina Adams at Galerie Gris, Hudson, NY (2013), Marina Adams at CUE Art Foundation, NYC (2008), and The Nature of Line at Magazzino d'Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy (1997). Adams' paintings and drawings have been included in numerous group shows, such as Almost Delancey, Marina Adams, David Rhodes, Rebecca Smith at Hionas Gallery, NYC, The Last Brucennial by the BHQF & Vito Schnabel, Come Together: Surviving Sandy Year 1 curated by Phong Bui at Industry City, Brooklyn; Wit at The Painting Center, NYC; Color Walks Away: Author City: USA