Camarillo, Calif., Jan 24, 2012 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to announce “Paintings – The Basic Object,” an exhibition of work by Art program chair Jack Reilly, sponsored by The J. Paul Getty Trust’s Pacific Standard Time, an exploration of the Los Angeles art scene and the people who helped shape it.

The exhibition runs Jan. 26 through Feb. 17 at the Bleicher Gallery, La Brea in Los Angeles.  An opening reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, from 7 - 9 p.m.

The exhibition highlights Reilly’s role as one of the key players in the controversial movement called “Abstract Illusionism,” which brought him to prominence and critical acclaim in the 1970s.  The movement challenged the notion of abstract art as exclusive from illusory representations of space and volume. 

Reilly’s latest exhibition showcases geometric-shaped canvases with thousands of abstract brushstrokes of metallic paint that appear to have been sliced, cobbled together and reconstructed into three-dimensional structures.  The works call to mind Reilly’s past experiments shaping canvas and blurring the line between sculpture and painting, modernism, pre-modernism and post-modernism.  They will be presented along with historical works from his collection.

Reilly's work is exhibited in internationally in galleries and museums and is included in numerous public and private collections.  He has executed major public-art commissions for the County of San Diego and American Airlines at Los Angeles International Airport, and his paintings were included in the collections of such notables as Fred and Marcia Weisman, Steve Martin, and Daniel Melnick.  His contributions to art have also been noted in books including “American Art Now,” “Inside the L.A. Artist,” and “Introduction to Design.”

The Bleicher Gallery is located at 355 N. La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles.  For more information on the exhibition and the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative, visit and

To view Reilly’s work, visit  For additional information on CI’s Art Program, visit

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