Dry Signals1992-93MEDIA: Paintings, works on paper
A return to painting. Initially these works were planned for a major public work in Milton Keynes. After the plan collapsed Tilson decided to continue with the works themselves producing 12 large scale paintings one of which was exhibited in the John Moores exhibition, and numerous smaller canvases and works on paper. When Tilson emptied his studio in February 1992 (see here for why) – he had one “open project” in the studio – Dry Signals. These paintings concluded a series of works made in different media based on research carried out in the East Village neighbourhood of New York City. See The Terminator Line.
The paintings were exhibited in the Conran Shop in Knightsbridge with the Contemporary Art Society and also at the John Moores exhibition in Liverpool.

The title Dry Signals originates in the audio-visual world. A dry signal is an audio term for an untreated sound signal, a bare sound. The numerical sequence at the base of each painting refers to video-time-code which are used to assist the editing of films and videos. Hours, minutes, seconds and individual frames.
Exhibited:
1993
the Conran Shop in Knightsbridge with the Contemporary Art Society
John Moores exhibitionLiverpool.


Featured in:
1992
Dry Signals, Time Out, Oct 14 Contemporary Arts Society, The Independent Oct 17.
Contemporary Arts Society, Daily Telegraph, Shopping Diary Oct 19.
Art Goes on Special Offer, Evening Standard Oct 27.






The paintings were exhibited in the Conran Shop in Knightsbridge with the Contemporary Art Society and also at the John Moores exhibition in Liverpool.
Photos: Jennifer Lee