“The drawings are striking for a gentle but uncompromising quality, their rich texture lost in reproduction, especially online…” Maria Meindl
Imagery fades into the background of thousands of cross-hatched lines which Ide erases and redraws, to create patterns of light and dark that randomly remember bits and pieces of what was there before. “Those subtleties of dark and light,” he explains, “just happen the more I’m there in the drawing, with the sound the pencil makes on the paper.”
John Ide is a Toronto-based artist who has exhibited widely. Earlier filmic works borrowed images from family archives, the art of the past and modern commercial media to explore confluences of personal and collective memory. He returned to drawing in the mid-2000s. Recent exhibitions include Time, Shadow, and Light at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant and How Paper Remembers at Loop Gallery.