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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.

Wall Card from the Exhibition Three Masters of Abstraction
Hagiwara Hideo, Ida Shōichi and Takahashi Rikio
November 3, 2018 - March 24, 2019
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205


Ida Shōichi (1941–2006)

Paper Between a Snowed Stone and Road, 
from the series Surface is the Between: Between Vertical and Horizon


Silkscreen and lithograph, printed on both sides
Museum Purchase: Caroline Ladd Pratt Fund, 83.58.2

Ida used handmade translucent paper as his between and then printed an image of a road on the back and a stone on the front, creating the illusion of a stone resting on a fine layer of snow on a paved surface. A water stain, deliberately applied by the artist, appears at bottom right; seemingly random stains appear in several other prints by the artist on display here.

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.
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