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Southampton’s Tripoli Gallery Will Explore Connections of 13 Artists in “Side X Side”

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Left: Johnathan Beer, "Moon Landing," 2013. Right: Fe?lix Bonilla Gerena, "Untitled," 2009. Courtesy of Tripoli Gallery.

Left: Jonathan Beer, “Moon Landing,” 2013. Right: Fe?lix Bonilla Gerena, “Untitled,” 2009. Courtesy of Tripoli Gallery.

By Tessa Raebeck

Using selections from the work of 13 artists, curator Tripoli Patterson explores the bonds of both similarity and contrast in “Side X Side,” a group show at the Tripoli Gallery in Southampton.

Opening Saturday, the show features highlights from artists Linda K. Alpern, Jonathan Beer, Herbie Fletcher, Eric Freeman, Fe?lix Bonilla Gerena, David Matterhorn, Melanie J. Moczarksi, Lola Montes, Matisse Patterson, Saul Steinberg, Nick Weber, Darius Yektai and Yung Jake.

In “Side X Side,” artwork that differs in medium and subject matter is linked by color, such as in the pairing of Eric Freeman’s “Untitled” and Darius Yektai’s “Untitled Wave Series.”

The 13 artists are as diverse as the show itself.

Specializing in creating sculptures and installations from found objects, such as driftwood or rusty antiques, Matisse Patterson last showed at “Danger Deep Water” the Tripoli Gallery in 2011.

Her brother, Yung Jake, was recently featured in the Huffington Post alongside music legends Pharrell Williams and Jay Z as one of “10 Rappers Who’ve Dipped Their Toes in The Art World’s Waters.” “E.m-bed.de/d,” a “music video experience that is as meta as it gets,” according to the Huffington Post, was featured at the New Frontier Art Festival at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

An opening reception for “Side X Side” is Saturday, May 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will be on view through May 10. For more information, visit tripoligallery.com or call 377-3715.

Darius Yektai Brings Inspiration Found on Hilltop Fortress to Tripoli Gallery in Southampton

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By Tessa Raebeck

Darius Yektai, Church on Hill, 2013, Oil on linen (Courtesy Tripoli Gallery).

Darius Yektai, Church on Hill, 2013, Oil on linen (Courtesy Tripoli Gallery).

On Saturday, the Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art will unveil “Two Weeks in Umbria,” a series of 25 paintings by Sag Harbor artist Darius Yektai. The artist’s third show in the gallery, the exhibition features small paintings created over a two-week period in Montecastello di Vibio, a medieval hilltop fortress town in Umbria in central Italy.

Accustomed to working in his East End studio, Yektai used the seclusion of the small village to allow him to focus exclusively on painting. He hiked up and down the mountain, using the green, hilly landscape to paint “en plein air” in the summer sun.

“Fields laid on top of each other like bricks and mortar,” Yektai said, “so when you look at the landscape there’s a brickwork pattern. The landscape lends itself to abstraction.”

Yektai painted five to six paintings each day during the two-week period with no intention of having them be shown. The paintings have pencil marks and rough edges, “in adherence to their initial integrity and honesty,” according to a gallery press release. The seclusion and open setting of the space, as well as his desire to paint for himself, rather than for profit, lend to a sense of freedom and inhibition in the show that is sometimes rare in contemporary art.

Although he studied in California and Paris, Yektai’s work has been exhibited exclusively in New York and on the East End. His professional relationship with Tripoli Patterson, owner and director of the Tripoli Gallery, started in 2010 with his solo exhibition, “Not Everyone Gets a Unicorn. The artist returned to the gallery in 2013 with “On Country Ground.” He is featured in the permanent collection of Guild Hall in East Hampton and in private collections around the world.

“Two Weeks in Umbria” will be on display February 8 through March 17. The opening reception is Saturday, February 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art, located at 30A Jobs Lane in Southampton. For more information, visit tripoligallery.com or call 631.377.3715.