September 15, 2016 at Pro Arts in Oakland.
Poem/Image Presentation by Norma Cole in celebration of her latest, Actualities. In this collection, Marina Adams echoes the spareness of 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 poems concerned with fragmentation, transformation, 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’s books of poetry include Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside, Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems 1988—2008, Spinoza in Her Youth and Natural Light, and most recently Actualities, her collaboration with painter Marina Adams. TO BE AT MUSIC: Essays & Talks appeared in 2010. Her translations from the French include Danielle Collobert’s It Then, Collobert’s Journals, Crosscut Universe: Writing on Writing from France (edited and translated by Cole), and Jean Daive’s A Woman with Several Lives. A new translation of Jean Daive’s first book, White Decimal, is forthcoming from Omnidawn. She has been a contributor to SFMOMA’s “Open Space” and also to the Poetry Foundation’s “Harriet.” Cole, who is also a visual artist, lives in San Francisco.
Gillian Olivia Blythe Hamel’s work has appeared in VOLT, jubilat, The Volta, and The Offending Adam, and was recently featured in the Aesthetic Blitz exhibition from the Asian American Women Artists Association. Her first book, occident, is forthcoming from Called Back Books. She is managing editor at Omnidawn Publishing and editor of OmniVerse. Gillian also co-publishes speCt!, a chapbook series and book arts imprint, with Peter Burghardt and Robert Andrew Perez. She lives in Oakland, California.
Curated Mumolo & LaBerge
The Hybrid Series at Pro Arts blurs the traditional boundaries between artistic disciplines such as visual and performance art, music and literary arts, and film and architecture. The series is curated by resident and guest curators.
This program supported in part by Poets & Writers Inc AND Ordinaire wine shop.