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Ida Shōichi 井田照一 (1941-2006)
Ida was perhaps best known as a paper artist and printmaker. He told Constance Lewallen of Crown Point Press in a 1989 interview1 that he was moved to begin making prints in the early 1960s when a stone left an impression on a piece of paper in his studio. In addition to a great deal of print work in Japan, he produced five portfolios of etchings with Crown Point Press between 1984 and 1992 and a woodcut in Crown Point’s Japan program in 1986.
"The Surface is the Between"
Since the mid-1960s, he often focused on a concept he called “The Surface is the Between,” which he first began to develop in printmaking and extended throughout his life to works in handmade paper, clay, bronze, steel, iron, and painting on paper and canvas. He explained his unifying concept in an interview published in the Hara Museum Review in 1987: “The surface can be the paper or canvas or whatever; it is the point of contact between me and the ideas I am working on. Through my work I try to make invisible phenomena visible by showing the point of contact.”2
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Prints in Collection
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