About the Artist
Great storytellers, whatever the medium, have the ability to take the common themes of human existence and place them in alternative settings and situations as a way to explore our sense of self and connect us to each other. Both Kafka and Vonnegut come to mind. Colorado artist Paul Gillis accomplishes the same thing by narrating his stories with oil paints and watercolors.
Staging complex scenes using all of human history, from ancient alphabets and imagery such as the Tower of Babel to robotic protagonists and supernatural landscapes, Gillis explores the idea that as much as things change in the world, humans remain the same. His chimeras, positioned in surreal situations, tell the familiar story of people seeking their place in the world and with each other. Gillis has lived in Colorado since 1967.
“I construct my paintings as stage settings where complexities of the world are reduced to a few actors and relationships. I like to keep in mind where we are coming from, and that it’s also where we’re going.”
Biography courtesy of Rule Gallery
About Guest Curator Simon Zalkind
Simon Zalkind is a Denver-based curator, art advisor, and art writer. He was previously the Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York and Assistant Curator of Collections at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York. From 1991–1996, Zalkind was the Director of the Art in Public Places Program for the State of Colorado. He has been instrumental in guiding and forming a number of significant private and corporate collections, and he has curated major exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Museum of Art Fort Collins, The Singer Gallery, Mizel Arts and Culture Center, and numerous other institutions. He currently serves as Curator of Exhibitions at the Fulginiti Gallery, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Denver Art Museum’s “DAM Key Award,” which is presented annually to individuals who “have dramatically impacted the contemporary art community in Colorado.”
About BMoCA @ Macky
BMoCA @ Macky is a collaboration between BMoCA and The Andrew J. Macky Gallery, located in the foyer of the Macky Auditorium Concert Hall at the University of Colorado Boulder. This series of exhibitions is curated by BMoCA as an extension to its rotating exhibition schedule.
Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public, Monday–Friday, 10am–4:30pm and to ticketed patrons during Macky Auditorium performances and events.
Upcoming Exhibition Events
1/23/20 Opening Reception