Nine Gallery


Rachel Siegel


June 1–July 2, 2017

First Thursday Opening: June 1, 6-9 PM

On life’s journey we gather many experiences that construct self-identity.  These memories collect in the ephemera of correspondence, medical records, legal papers, announcements, grade reports, rejection slips, invitations, bills, applications, postcards, photographs. This paper detritus gathered over the half century of my lifetime constitute the basic building materials for ACCUMULATION, an installation of 51 small papier-mâché houses at Nine Gallery.  This installation reflects my achievements, challenges, daily life and memories, a summing up at this significant milestone of 50 years. ACCUMULATION is a reckoning with the past as well as a cleansing. In September 2017, this project will culminate in a ritualistically burning of sculptures at an outdoor location. What does it mean to “clean house” and shed the burden of stuff?  With this installation, I hope to stimulate a dialog with viewers around these questions.

Rachel Siegel, 2017

Thanks to all the friends and family that helped with this project.

A very special thank you to Maria T.D. Inocencio.

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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.