Ida Shōichi (1941–2006) Descended Triangle—Triangle, from the series Surface is the Between: Between Vertical and Horizon

image size: 45 x 36 in. (114.3 x 91.4 cm)
sheet size: 56 1/2 x 41 1/2 in. (143.5 x 105.4 cm)


Ida Shōichi (1941–2006)

Descended TriangleTriangle, 
from the series
 Surface is the Between: Between Vertical and Horizon


Color spit bite, aquatint, soft-ground etching and drypoint  on paper
Gift of Irwin Lavenberg, 2015.145.1

Ida described his "descended triangle" as the "idea of penetrating beneath the surface, be it in a vertical or horizontal position." His use of simple geometric forms—descended triangle, circle and square—has been connected with the Kali yantra, a geometric abstraction of the Hindu goddess Kali. Ida's fingerprints, a reminder of the artist's hand, are visible at the bottom of the print.

Three Masters of Abstraction Hagiwara Hideo, Ida Shōichi and Takahashi Rikio