Second Street Gallery

Kuwinjku artists Joe Guymala (left) and Gabriel Maralngurra (right) stand amid some of the memorial poles that are part of "The Inside World: Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Memorial Poles" on view at The Fralin Museum of Art through May 24. Photo by Amy and Jackson Smith

Down under, up above: A wealth of Indigenous Australian art comes to Charlottesville this winter

This week, something extraordinary will happen in Charlottesville: Four exhibitions of contemporary Aboriginal Australian art will open in four different venues across town, bringing the total number of such exhibitions currently on view to six. And a seventh will open in mid-February. Having this many concurrent shows of contemporary Indigenous Australian art in one locale […]

Artist, screenwriter, designer, and style icon Beatrix Ost has exhibitions at two galleries: “Illuminations & Illusions” at Second Street Gallery through January 10, and ”Beatrix Ost: Archaeology of the Omnivore—Paintings from the Garden Soil” at Chroma Projects through November 30. IMAGES courtesy of artist

Change agents: Beatrix Ost retrospective warns of a dystopian future

Walking into Beatrix Ost’s “Illuminations & Illusions,” now on view at Second Street Gallery, I was immediately reminded of Hieronymus Bosch’s famous triptych “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” It wasn’t one particular painting that suggested this, but rather the cumulative effect of all the work. Like Bosch, Ost creates complicated, often fantastical tableaux of people, […]

Laura Wooten's "Alentejo" series (this is "Alentejo 5") is now on view in the "She's in Monochrome" show at Second Street Gallery. Image courtesy Second Street Gallery

In Living Black and White—with Shades of Gray: Colorless Expression Proves Lively in Second Street Gallery’s “She’s in Monochrome”

What do we really see when hues are subdued, diminished, or deleted outright? Tough question. If you’re like me—colorblind—that’s kind of how you go through life. Art’s power when deprived of its full spectrum of possibility is difficult to gauge, since most of us who live the difference are simply born this way and have […]