Tripoli Gallery

Pontus, 2013
walnut, colored ash, cast concrete and glass
32 x 56 x 12 inches

Small Wall Sculpture #1, 2016
aluminum, concrete and pigment
13-1/2 x 13-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches

Small Wall Sculpture #2, 2016
aluminum, concrete and pigment
13-1/2 x 13-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches

Small Wall Sculpture #3, 2016
aluminum, concrete and pigment
13-1/2 x 13-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches

Small Wall Sculpture #4, 2016
aluminum, concrete and pigment
13-1/2 x 13-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches

Desk 2 and Chair 4, 2011 and 2008
maple and upholstery
32 x 68 x 26 inches and 34 x 18 x 20inches

Wall Sculpture 6, 2016
aluminum and sapele
46 x 60 x 6 inches

Bench 15, 2012
sapele, white cast concrete
32 x 87 x 17 inches

Helix, 2015
sapele and cast concrete
68 x 13 x 18 inches

Mirror With Three Drawers, 2013
oxidized walnut, avodire and mirror
72 x 22 x 16 inches

Cousins 1, 2016
black concrete
18-1/4 x 11 x 11 inches

Cousins 3, 2016
black concrete
16-1/4 x 15 x 15 inches

Cousins 2, 2016
black concrete
18-1/4 x 11 x 11 inches

Wall Sculpture 5, 2015
aluminum and blackened walnut
52 x 86 x 5 inches

Waves, 2016
bleached maple and concrete
19 x 94 x 14 inches

Reflection Shelf, 2013
oxidized walnut, avodire and mirror
73 x 9-1/2 x 7 inches

Winged Mirror and Wall Hung Console 2, 2016 and 2013
walnut and mirror; walnut and maple
26 x 50 x 4-1/2 inches and 8 x 78 x 16 inches

Wall Sculpture 7, 2016
aluminum and sapele
128 x 20 x 6 inches

Fandango, 2013
sapele and cast concrete
76 x 26 x 22 inches

Installation shot by Patrick Abillama,

Installation shot by Patrick Abillama,

Installation shot by Patrick Abillama,

Installation shot by Patrick Abillama,

Installation,

Installation shot by Patrick Abillama,

Installation shot by Patrick Abillama,

Installation shot by Patrick Abillama,

Installation shot by Patrick Abillama,

Installation shot by Patrick Abillama,

Installation shot by Patrick Abillama,

Cousins

Nico Yektai

April 23 ‐ May 23, 2016

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Nico Yektai | Cousins

April 23rd – May 23rd, 2016
Opening reception: Saturday April 30th, 6 - 8 pm

Southampton, NY – Tripoli Gallery is pleased to present Cousins, our debut solo exhibition for local artist Nico Yektai.  Although Nico's unique furniture has been highlighted at the gallery since 2010, Cousins will mark the first time his sculptural creations inhabit the entire space. On view at 30a Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY, from April 23rd – May 23rd we invite you to a reception for the artist on Saturday, April 30th, from 6 to 8pm.


As a representational painter chooses a subject to then replicate onto canvas, Nico Yektai chooses functional objects, such as furniture, and creates modernistic sculptures that add grace and fluidity to the functionality that some maintain. An essential element in his work is the recognition that furniture like sculptures, can be the subject for limitless personal expression guided by creativity and the quest for originality. 

With an early attraction to wood and over 25 years of learning how to maneuver it, Yektai creates families of shapes as he bends, cuts and sands his material with his signature lines and curves. Widening his choice of mediums from wood to cement, and incorporating metals, mirrors and glass, he has become widely known for his ability to transform his materials into moving juxtapositions of line and form; each subject becoming part of a larger family, each medium and object becoming a cousin to the next. 

Every sculpture Yektai creates can stand alone - every piece can be appreciated for its aesthetic qualities or for both its aesthetic and functional qualities.  All share a dialogue, regardless of the materials at hand.  Deliberately shifting elements of his artful design into unexpected places, the artist calls attention to each component.  His masterful use of faceting, brings enhanced visual interest to every surface. The result is an energetic invitation characteristic of his work; one that beckons to the viewer to participate; viewer and sculpture can join forces. 

Nico Yektai was born in Teheran, Iran in 1969.  He opened the doors to his studio in Sag Harbor, NY in 1995 after earning his MFA from the School for American Craft at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  The rigorous technical training he received complimented his background in Art History, which he studied at Hobart College in Geneva, NY.  Yektai’s work has been exhibited in diverse venues, from museums (the Parrish Art Museum and Guild Hall, on the East End) to design shows (the Architectural Digest Home Design Show and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, in NYC).

 
For press inquiries, images, installation shots or further information, please contact [email protected] or call 631.377.3715

Nico Yektai
Pontus, 2013
walnut, colored ash, cast concrete and glass
32 x 56 x 12 inches

Nico Yektai
Small Wall Sculpture #1, 2016
aluminum, concrete and pigment
13-1/2 x 13-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches

Nico Yektai
Small Wall Sculpture #2, 2016
aluminum, concrete and pigment
13-1/2 x 13-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches

Nico Yektai
Small Wall Sculpture #3, 2016
aluminum, concrete and pigment
13-1/2 x 13-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches

Nico Yektai
Small Wall Sculpture #4, 2016
aluminum, concrete and pigment
13-1/2 x 13-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches

Nico Yektai
Desk 2 and Chair 4, 2011 and 2008
maple and upholstery
32 x 68 x 26 inches and 34 x 18 x 20inches

Nico Yektai
Wall Sculpture 6, 2016
aluminum and sapele
46 x 60 x 6 inches

Nico Yektai
Bench 15, 2012
sapele, white cast concrete
32 x 87 x 17 inches

Nico Yektai
Helix, 2015
sapele and cast concrete
68 x 13 x 18 inches

Nico Yektai
Mirror With Three Drawers, 2013
oxidized walnut, avodire and mirror
72 x 22 x 16 inches

Nico Yektai
Cousins 1, 2016
black concrete
18-1/4 x 11 x 11 inches

Nico Yektai
Cousins 3, 2016
black concrete
16-1/4 x 15 x 15 inches

Nico Yektai
Cousins 2, 2016
black concrete
18-1/4 x 11 x 11 inches

Nico Yektai
Wall Sculpture 5, 2015
aluminum and blackened walnut
52 x 86 x 5 inches

Nico Yektai
Waves, 2016
bleached maple and concrete
19 x 94 x 14 inches

Nico Yektai
Reflection Shelf, 2013
oxidized walnut, avodire and mirror
73 x 9-1/2 x 7 inches

Nico Yektai
Winged Mirror and Wall Hung Console 2, 2016 and 2013
walnut and mirror; walnut and maple
26 x 50 x 4-1/2 inches and 8 x 78 x 16 inches

Nico Yektai
Wall Sculpture 7, 2016
aluminum and sapele
128 x 20 x 6 inches

Nico Yektai
Fandango, 2013
sapele and cast concrete
76 x 26 x 22 inches

Nico Yektai
Installation shot by Patrick Abillama,

Nico Yektai
Installation shot by Patrick Abillama,

Nico Yektai
Installation shot by Patrick Abillama,

Nico Yektai
Installation shot by Patrick Abillama,

Nico Yektai
Installation,

Nico Yektai
Installation shot by Patrick Abillama,

Nico Yektai
Installation shot by Patrick Abillama,

Nico Yektai
Installation shot by Patrick Abillama,

Nico Yektai
Installation shot by Patrick Abillama,

Nico Yektai
Installation shot by Patrick Abillama,

Nico Yektai
Installation shot by Patrick Abillama,