1980 Jack Reilly introduced his shaped canvas paintings. These new
shaped pieces created what Reilly refered to as a "visual event"
as the apperances of multiple layers of canvases and linear imagery
interacted with the surrounding gallery environment. These works abandon
traditional methods used to create visual depth in two-dimensional
art, as linear perspective is replaced with the appearance of multiple
light sources and illusionary shadows. The result is a visual paradox,
as shapes and colors appear to be separately suspended over the flat surfaces of the