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Title

Stone, scissors, paper

1971

Artist

Ay-O

Japan

19 May 1931 -

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Jan ken pon
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
    Date
    1971
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    colour silkscreen
    Edition
    AP
    Dimensions
    73.3 x 54.3 cm image
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., pencil "AY-O" '71".

    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by Yasuko Myer 1986
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    98.1986
    Copyright
    © AY-O

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    Ay-O

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  • About

    AY-O, whose unusual name is written with two obscure Chinese characters meaning 'cloud trailing nausea' (a jokey name), was born Iijima Takao in Ibaragi Prefecture, graduated from Tokyo University of Education and now lives in Tokyo. AY-O is of the generation of younger Japanese printmakers who rejected traditional woodblock techniques, preferring the medium of silkscreen, and looked to the West for new ideas, particularly the USA. The decade 1960-70 saw a lot of young Japanese printmakers, including AY-O, living and working in America. AY-O, as obvious from his preference for bright, bold juxtapositioning of colours, was much influenced by Pop Art. In subjects his prints range from the figurative to the abstract, all depicted in his distinctive rainbow bands of colour. AY-O has been active with the Fluxus group since 1962 and was one of the leading figures of Japanese printmaking of the 1970s.

    The subject in this print is based on the children's game of counting to three and then holding one's fist out in one of three ways: flat = paper; clenched = rock; first two fingers apart = scissors. Scissors are stronger than paper; a rock is stronger than scissors as it can smash them; and paper is more powerful than a rock as it can envelop it. The winner is the one whose fist forms the more dominant element.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 1986.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

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