~NANCY SMITH, SIMON CERIGO . . back in the day: Concordia Univ, Montreal MFA students
to put it in perspective, we were the ‘next wave’ generation to follow in the footsteps of LEONARD COHEN. except instead of poetry – painting, formalist painting – was the big scene.
it was very, very ‘happening’.
we were ‘maudit’ anglophones, so we couldn’t get too much action re grants & exhibitions – because we weren’t Quebecois ‘frenchies’ in our DNA. at that time, the early 1970s – that was a big big issue, so after graduate school, Concordia University, MFA Studio Program (we were part of the first ever graduating class, lol) . . . while, pretty much everyone else split to Toronto or Vancouver – we split to . . NEW YORK !!
OF COURSE !!!!
and we never, ever – looked back !!!!
Simon used to haunt the legendary Lower East Side – Red Bar, and I used to walk the Soho streets with, who else ? Basquiat.
yeah, for sure – that’s how we rolled.
SIMON CERIGO, RIP. in Montreal – in the early 70s.
see: SIMON CERIGO, RIP – OBIT – ArtInfo