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THE TANGO Leslie Scalapino and Marina Adams

The Tango is an investigation into the shifting loca- tions of consciousness—how our investment into the attributes of things determines what is evoked by them ... we encounter a multi-faceted possibility

of awareness.

  • Kiki Smith

The Tango is a collaboration between poet, Leslie Scalapino, and the artist Marina Adams. This serial poem by Scalapino places a range of conceptual phenomena together distilling them to a text-only form. The text appears, as it transpires on its own, alongside a series of photographs placed in the order in which they were taken. Scalapino’s photographs depict debating monks at the Sera Monastery out- side Lhasa in Tibet. Alongside the text and photographs, Adams has juxtaposed painting on the found material of patterned cloth as serial tapestry akin to Buddhist tankas in a conceptual extension of both the content and form of this unusual book.

Widely identified as one of the most accomplished innovative writers in America, LESLIE SCALAPINO is the founding editor of O Books and a professor at Bard College in the Milton Avery Graduate Program of the Arts, as well as at the San Francisco Art Institute. She is the author of eighteen books of poetry, fiction, plays and essays including: How Phenomena Appear to Unfold (Potes & Poets Press 1989) and The Front Matte , Dead Souls (Wesleyan University Press 1996). Her most recent books, both published by Wesleyan University Press, are New Time (1999) and The Public World/Syntactically Impermanence (1999).

MARINA ADAMS received her MFA from Columbia in 1983. Her work has appeared in many group and solo exhibitions from California to New York to Italy, recently including Exit Art, Pierogi 2000 and Art in General. She currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her essays have appeared in several exhibition catalogues.

Artists’ Books/Poetry • 2001 • ISBN 1-887123-41-5 • $29.95 PB • 10" x 13" • 24 pp


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