B.S.

The phrase “B.S.” generally refers to a clumsy attempt at deceit. But to Gilleon, B.S. stands for “Both Sides,” the serious and the satirical. Throughout history, artists have been the creators of beauty – spokesmen for human nobility and imagination. But the artist has also played the role of trickster, jester, and illusionist.

The poet Keats once said, “Beauty is truth, truth is beauty.” Gilleon’s serious work is a demonstration of this truism, recreating the awe of sunset or the glow of an evening campfire on the dark prairie. But some truths are harder on the eye. Satire embraces the other side of our experience: the laughable, tragic, misguided absurdity of human beings and their art.