In the 1970s, Gilliam was creating patchwork-like paintings by raking acrylic paint and gel across a large canvas, that he then cut into geometric shapes like triangles, rectangles, wedges, and arcs and stitched together in an improvisatory way, creating something like a crazy quilt. While the resulting compositions were in fact quite flat, their colliding geometries and vibrant colors made the paintings seem to pulsate and jump. Many screens were used to overlap colors and create a layered effect.
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