October 22, 2010
I was just working on my speech for Tony Romano’s show tomorrow and I realized that today marks the one-year anniversary of Peter Kolisnyk’s passing. How do the two relate? The story goes back to the second weekend of July in 2008 when I ran into Tony in Mirvish Village. I don’t usually remember dates this well, but I particularly recall this rendezvous since I had just finished exhibiting at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at Nathan Phillips Square which always falls on the same weekend in the middle of summer. Tony told me that he took kid classes at Station Gallery and was taught by John Leonard, Ruth Read and Peter Kolisnyk back in the early years. Then and there, things clicked and that was the start of working towards Tony’s show at the Gallery.
Last Saturday, the seventh issue of Hunter & Cook was launched. This is a contemporary art quarterly that Tony produces along with Toronto artist, Jay Isaac. On the back page is a memorial to Peter Kolisnyk with two images: the façade of the late artist’s Queen Street East studio and a shot of an empty space at the Harbourfront Centre where Peter’s Ground Outline once stood until it was permanently removed last summer. It’s interesting how some in the art community choose to forget, while others choose otherwise.