Shoichi Ida

17. 6.–30. 9. 1983

Moderna galerija, Ljubljana

Shoichi Ida, Paper Between a Snowed Stone and Road, from the series Surface is the Between: Between Vertical and Horizon, 1981, lithograph; recipient of the International Jury Prize, 14th International Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, 1981.

The exhibition included fourteen prints made between 1976 and 1983. Shoichi Ida was a Japanese artist who worked with various media and is most known for his paper works and prints. In his art, we can detect an intertwinement of Eastern traditions and Western minimalism. The connection between both is nature. From the mid-1960s on, he kept returning to the concept that he termed “surface is the between”. He started to develop it first in printmaking and later also in paper works and other media. From his perspective, every surface on which he created was a point of contact between him and the idea that determined the work’s creation. The point of contact was thus the moment when invisible phenomena became visible. He believed that art is not “making a beautiful surface, or drawing a realistic apple. Art is getting to an essence, reaching the senses.”