by Leslie Scalapino, Marina Adams
"The Tango is a collaboration between poet, Leslie Scalapino, and artist, Marina Adams. The serial poem, by Leslie Scalapino, 'places' conceptual phenomena—such as roses and language-subjectivity—together as if they are 'materials' by being 'text only.' The text is juxtaposed, as it transpires on its own separately alongside, vertically, a series of photographs occurring in the order in which they were taken on the roll. The content of the photographs, taken by Scalapino, is debating monks at the Sera Monastery outside Lhasa in Tibet. Alongside text and photographs, Adams has juxtaposed painting on found material that is patterned cloth, as serial tapestry akin to Buddhist tankas as if 'alongside' that tradition, a conceptual extension of these that is 'original.' '' - Leslie Scalapino
"Leslie Scalapino has developed great expertise in presenting a hard-edged picture of the world. We are constantly made to realize that what she's showing us is the world as we have constructed it." - Philip Whalen
39 color & 23 b/w images. The Tango was designed by Julie Harrison in collaboration with Scalapino and Marina Adams. 1,000 copies printed and bound in Hong Kong via Global Interprint of Santa Rosa, CA. Twenty-six copies are lettered and signed by the poet and artist.