In this work, flowing passages of color interact with elliptical voids cut to reveal the space behind. In addition, the panel’s right side, mounted on a hinge, pivots forward. This interaction with the surrounding space continues Sam Gilliam’s longstanding interest in the sculptural qualities of painting, which began to occupy his art during the 1960s. Following his earlier canvas-based “drape” paintings on view nearby, Gilliam turned to industrial materials such as plywood and metal after completing several large-scale public installations in the 1980s. These projects inspired the artist to investigate architectural considerations of construction and assembly.