Josh Dorman: how strange it is to be anything at all

115 Second Street, SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

  • Presented By: Second Street Gallery
  • Dates: 10/21/2021, 10/22/2021, 10/23/2021, 10/27/2021, 10/28/2021, 10/29/2021, 10/30/2021, 11/3/2021, 11/4/2021, 11/5/2021, 11/6/2021, 11/10/2021, 11/11/2021, 11/12/2021, 11/13/2021, 11/17/2021, 11/18/2021, 11/19/2021
  • Location: Second Street Gallery
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: FREE


Second Street Gallery is pleased to present "how strange it is to be anything at all", a solo exhibition by Josh Dorman, in the Main Gallery from October 1 – November 19, 2021. The exhibition opens on Friday, October 1, 2021 from 11-7PM.

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"how strange it is to be anything at all" showcases a series of non-linear, multi-layered large and small paintings, generated in response and homage to the album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel. Dorman’s paintings derive a poetic inspiration from the album’s language and internal logic to create a world that is hyper-specific yet completely open-ended and longing to provide a refuge within them.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by The Pontillo-Galdencio Family and The FUNd at CACF.

Learn more about the exhibition here:

Josh Dorman (b. 1966) is an artist who re-contextualizes antique images within fantastical drawn and painted works. Dorman sources collages, engravings and diagrams culled from textbooks, manuals and documents that were published prior to the widespread use of photography. Dorman considers unfamiliar, obsolete and acrylic systems to inform his work, resulting in layered visual narratives that explore the mythical landscape and notions of collapsed time and dream states. In his latest body of work, that will be included in his exhibition at SSG, Dorman introduces an additional dimension to his paintings by cutting into the painting surface, generating pockets and pools of space. Into these, he layers collage and paint with multiple pours of liquid resin, building reliquary-like time capsules and trapping imagery like insects in amber.

Dorman has exhibited at Georgia State University (2020), Longview Museum of Fine Arts (2019), Bates College Museum of Art (2014), Tang Museum (2011), Katonah Museum (2010), the Weatherspoon Art Museum (2010), Craft and Folk Art Museum (2008), Trierenberg Corporate Kunsthalle (2006), California State University at Long Beach (2005), CUE Art Foundation (2004), The Drawing Center (2004), and the National Academy Museum (2004).

Dorman’s work is included in permanent collections at the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, MA; Butler Institute of American Art, OH; International Collage Center, PA; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY; Memory Bridge Foundation, IL; Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN; Naples Museum, FL; Springfield Art Museum, MO; and the Wellington Management Company, MA. Dorman is currently represented by Ryan Lee Gallery in New York City, John Martin Gallery in London, and Koplin de Rio in Seattle. The artist lives and works in New York City.