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Paper Between a Snowed Stone and Road


 Japanese Lithograph and Silkscreen Print 

Paper Between a Snowed Stone and Road

by Ida Shōichi, 1981


IHL Cat. #184

About This Print

One of Ida Shōichi's (1941-2006) many prints, collages and sculptures that explore the physical space between objects that touch.   Ida uses a hand-made translucent paper as his "between" and then creates his "surface" by printing a lithographic image of a road on the verso and silkscreening a stone on the print's front side.  This allows a pale image, really an illusion, of the print's title to emerge on the front side of the print.

The Surface is Between

Source: “Perspectives 13 – Shoichi Ida February 7, 1989 – April 16, 1989”, pub. by the Portland Art Museum & Oregon Art Institute, 1989.

Ida began the Surface is Between series by printing on both side of the paper.  This made the paper not only the meeting point of the two printed images, but, combined with the printed images, the work of art itself.  In other words, it was no longer merely the substance onto which the image was transferred.  The images are, however, very illusionary, as if Ida wanted to show the effects of natural phenomena without waiting for events to happen.

Also see the artist's page Ida Shōichi (1941-2006) for further information about Surface is the Between.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #184
 Title Paper Between a Snowed Stone and Road
 Series Surface is the Between
 Ida Shōichi (1941-2006)
 pencil signed by artist
 Seal grid seal (embossed and stamped) and embossed mark
 Publication Date 1981
 Edition 38 of 45
 Publisher self-published
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good -  soft diagonal crease on left side; wrinkling around left, right and top edge; wrinkling in middle top
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 21 3/8 x 15 1/4 in. (54.3 x 38.7 cm)
 Collections This Print Portland Art Museum, Caroline Ladd Pratt Fund purchase 83.58.2; The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto SI-178
 Reference Literature Shoichi Ida, Prints in the Collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, 2012, p. 125, cat # 215.