The use of wire meshes and grid systems has played an integral part in Tillyer's method of working over the last 30 years. 'The Revisionist Wire Works' mark a return to using an open wire mesh as a substitute for the traditional continuous surface. Tillyer first began opening the surface of paintings to the support wall in 1966. His first 'Wire Mesh Works' were exhibited in 1978.
In these works a conventional geometric form is rendered in a trompe l'oeil way, and this form is surrounded by random paint chaos with no hint of the surrogate. Paint, Support, and Message are bound as one and perceived as, object.
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