Granary Books, 2001. Item #GB_107
10 x 13 in., 24 pp., smyth-sewn in wrappers with dust jacket.
“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 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.”
The Tango includes 39 color and 23 black and white images, designed by Julie Harrison in collaboration with Leslie Scalapino and Marina Adams. Printed and bound in Hong Kong via Global Interprint of Santa Rosa, California. This is from an edition of 1000 copies, of which 26 are lettered and signed by the poet and artist. Regular edition, as new.