Marina Adams curated by Norma Cole
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. 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.
Marina Adams received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA and MFA from Columbia University's School of the Arts, New York, NY. Adams has lived extensively in Europe and had a one-person exhibition at Magazzino d'Arte Moderna in Rome, Italy. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions in the United States and Italy, including Roebling Hall, Brooklyn, NY; Exit Art, New York, NY; Art in General, New York, NY; Arte Architectura Moderna, Rome, Italy and Sala Uno Galleria, Rome, Italy. In 2007, she co-curated and participated in the group show, Sex in the City, D.U.M.B.O. Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and has taught at Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; Cornell University, Rome, Italy and Pratt Institute of Art, Brooklyn, NY. She has collaborated with the poet Norma Cole on the recent publication In Our Own Backyard and has a collaborative book with the poet Leslie Scalapino titled The Tango (Granary Books, 2001).
Norma Cole is a poet, painter and translator. She received her M.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Toronto, Canada and for twenty years her work has received great acclaim for its openness to radically divergent traditions and practices. Robert Creeley has written about her work, "Through all the frames of our various rhetorics, Norma Cole makes actual the powers of thinking...." Among her books of poetry are Do the Monkey (Zasterle Press, 2006), Spinoza in Her Youth (Omnidawn Publishing, 2002), Moira (O Books, 1996), and Contrafact (Potes and Poets Pr, 1996). Her letterpress volume Collective Memory (Granary Books, 2006) originated in the context of the installation work by that name, created by Cole at the California Historical Society in San Francisco, CA in 2005. New from Libellum Press is NATURAL LIGHT. From City Lights Books, Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems 1988-2008 will appear in April 2009. Her recent translation work includes Danielle Collobert's Journals(Aufgabe, 2003), Fouad Gabriel Naffah's The Spirit God and the Properties of Nitrogen (Post-Apollo Press, 2004) and Crosscut Universe: Writing on Writing from France (Burning Deck, 2000). She teaches at the University of San Francisco, CA and has been named Regents' Lecturer at University of California, Berkeley for Fall 2008. Cole has been the recipient of a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award, multiple Gertrude Stein Awards and awards from the Fund for Poetry and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. A Canadian by birth, Cole migrated via France to San Francisco where she has lived since 1977. She has had a lively exchange about "the work"- and created collaborations- with Marina Adams for more than 20 years.