Nine Gallery


On view June 3-28, 2015:


Combining older and newer works selected from a variety of individual series (1985-2015), Horia Boboia presents a collection of paintings, drawings and other artifacts, addressing not only his diverse ongoing practice, but also his continuous preoccupation with the idea of beauty and its constant reinterpretation. This small re/collection could be experienced as a one-piece installation, as well as a walk through a labyrinth of different ideas, separated from their ‘families’ and left aiming to their own individual discourse.

Looking at older works to see if they are still relevant, and looking at newer works to see if they might have the power to stay anew for some time.

BEAUTIFOOLRETROSPECTIVE#5 (the number is just a number!) is meant to be part of a larger series of similar projects incorporating old and new works, reflecting on different themes edited and compiled as unified installations.

“A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order”   - Jean-Luc Godard

Horia Boboia was born in Romania. He arrived in the United States as a political refugee. He received a BFA and MFA from California Institute of the Arts. He lived and worked in Bucharest, Los Angeles, New York, Tel-Aviv and Berlin and currently resides in Portland, Oregon USA where he is a Professor of Art at Portland State University. Horia Boboia works with painting, drawing, photography, video and installations and exhibited his work nationally and internationally.

Nine Gallery was founded in 1987 by nine artists interested in working periodically outside the context of the commercial gallery. It is an artist-run cooperative and is administratively and financially independent from Blue Sky, as it is funded solely by its members. Each member of Nine Gallery is in charge of the gallery for one month each year. Usually members show their own work, however, they are also welcome to curate shows of other artists’ work. Periodically the members of Nine Gallery, who now number eleven, present work together in group exhibitions, and at other times they collectively invite other artists to show. Beyond the general interest in creating a largely non-commercial exhibition environment with a minimum of bureaucratic and institutional structure, the members of Nine Gallery have no collective ideological program or philosophy.

To purchase a copy of Nine @ 25, a Blurb publication celebrating Nine Gallery’s 25th anniversary, follow this link.

Nine Gallery shares the same hours as Blue Sky.