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. It will also, on occasion, present works that are a cross-breed between art and other disciplines, such as natural and physical science, technology, popular culture and philosophy. The series aims to serve as a departure from the conventional mode of presentation that is the grouping of like items.
Poem/Image Presentation by Norma Cole in celebration of her latest, Actualities. In this lambent 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 syncopated poems concerned with fragmentation, transformation, love, precarity, 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.
Curator, Sara Mumolo is the author of Mortar (Omnidawn, 2013) and the Program Manager for the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of CA. She created and curated the Studio One Reading Series in Oakland, CA from 2007-2012, and Cannibal Books published her chapbook, March, in 2011. Poems have appeared in 1913: a journal of forms, Action Yes, Lana Turner, The Offending Adam, Pen Poetry Series, Volta, and Volt,among others. She has received residencies to Vermont Studio Center and Caldera Center for the Arts.