home      current exhibitions      about      members      upcoming     blog      submissions      contact

 

loop

John Ide



jfa_ide@yahoo.ca

Represented by loop Gallery



My earlier work explored confluences of personal and collective memory.  Using 35mm slide projectors, I created installations made up of images borrowed from various sources including family archives and modern commercial media.  The works became increasingly complex and having become too reliant on the technical expertise of others, I decided to take a break for a while. 


“For a while" lasted until 2006.  During the years in between I was active in Toronto's cultural community -- teaching and administering various programs for organizations such as Open Studio.  Seeing artists there completely in charge of their process inspired to pick up a pencil. The drawings continued my earlier themes until the imagery faded into the background of thousands of cross-hatched lines which I erase and redraw to create patterns that remember bits and pieces of what was there before.



Exhibitions

2015    Loop Gallery, Toronto

            Magritte’s Cloud (solo), new drawings

2013  (Upcoming) Loop Gallery, Toronto

           How Paper Remembers (solo), new drawings

2010   Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford

           Time, Shadow, and Light, with Rey Baecher, Teri Donovan, and Barbara Rehus

2008   Cell Gallery, Gallery 1313, Toronto (solo)

           New drawings

2007   Process Gallery, Gallery 1313 (solo)

           Process, drawings


Selected Exhibitions

1991  Le Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Mois de la photo

          Forever Seduced by Glamour, a projection exploring mythic aspects of memory,

          part of Le corps vacant, curated by Nicole Gingras, co-ordinated by Vox Populi.

          Combining sound, family photos and images from various media, the work

          presents three short narratives that explore how various notions of glamour affect

          personal lives.

          Brampton Public Art Gallery (solo)

          A Funny Kind of Kid, a series of 12 large (4' x 4' to 4' x 8') photomontage panels

          that tell funny stories about myself as a five-year old trying to figure out the adult

          world around me.

1990  Art Gallery of the University of Moncton

          Forever Seduced by Glamour, a work-in-progress

          Members' Gallery, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto

          Forever Seduced by Glamour, a work-in-progress (solo)

1989  A Space, Toronto

          Moments, a projection celebrating the life of Canadian poet, Mona Gould

          part of BOOKWORKS, curated by Nancy Paterson

1988 Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto

          Family or I Grew Up in a Funeral Parlour, a projection exploring family

          memories of my mother who was struck by polio in 1953

          York Quay Gallery, Harbourfront, Toronto

         Ofrenda, a projection exploring family history, part of DIAS DE LOS MUERTOS,

          curated by Wendy Woon

1987 Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto

          When Shadows Lengthen, expanded version of Admit One, below

          A Space, Toronto

          Admit One, a projection combining a wide range of images from various print

          media to explore how ever-shifting juxtapositions affect meaning, part of

          CARROUSEL, curated by Roz Owen

1986  Mercer Union, Toronto

          squeeze, a projection presenting an ever-changing collage of news media and

          advertising images with randomly mixed images of graffiti from nearby streets.

          Projected into Queen Street West from the Squeeze Club. Part of

          PROJECTION/DIRECTIONS, a satellite project curated by Gwen MacGregor


Selected Awards

2010   Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant

2007   The Ontario Poetry Society, Ted Plantos Memorial Award

2005   Toronto Arts Council, Grants to Writers program in support of Stories My Mother

           Told Me in the Middle of the Night, a memoir about my mother who was a

           quadriplegic living in an iron lung. A portable respirator enabled her to come

           home from the hospital on weekends and family members had shifts with her

           throughout the night. The chapter describing the iron lung was short-listed for the

2005  CBC Literary Awards

1992  Ontario Arts Council, Creative Artists in the Schools

1991  Ontario Arts Council, Project Grant

          Ontario Arts Council, Materials Assistance Grant

1990  Ontario Arts Council, Creative Artists in the Schools

1989  The Canada Council for the Arts, Project Grant

          Ontario Arts Council, Materials Assistance Grant

1988  The Canada Council for the Arts, Project/Travel Grant, to Egypt and Greece

          Ontario Arts Council, Materials Assistance Grant

          Ontario Arts Council, Creative Artists in the Schools

1987  Ontario Arts Council, Materials Assistance Grant

          Ontario Arts Council, Creative Artists in the Schools

1986  Ontario Arts Council, Materials Assistance Grant

          Ontario Arts Council, Creative Artists in the Schools


Recent Press

2010    The Expositor (Brantford, Ontario) April 24. Art Comes In All Forms, Steve

            Menhinick

            www.brantnews.com April 8, Time, Shadow and Light at Glenhyrst, Kathryn

            Hogg

2007   CBC Radio One: Ideas: Remembering Polio, Maria Meindl, producer, about my

           mother's life in the iron lung. Aired June 25.


About Earlier Work


Prior to 1986 I showed in galleries such as Toronto's La Chassse-Galerie and the Weller

Gallery. Earliest work most often concerned the figure until an interest in pottery led me

to ceramic design. Memory as a theme was sparked in the early 1980s, when I bought a

second hand camera. Inspired by faded family snapshots that remember moments as time

flits by, I started taking out-of-focus photographs. Then, curious about how individual

memory interacts with that of society, I began the projections.


Education

1975 - 1976 Ontario College of Art, post-graduate year: Design (ceramic department)

1972 - 1973 Lakehead University, 4 courses in French and Linguistics

1972 - University of Ottawa, French summer program in Loches, France

1970 - 1971 Toronto Teachers' College (Permanent Teaching Certificate 1973)

1966 - 1970 Ontario College of Art, Drawing and Painting