Twin brothers and artists Ryan and Trevor Oakes (Boulder, USA, 1982) have similar interests, which isn’t really unusual for twins. However, the brothers have taken their mutual fascination with vision, light, space, and depth to a whole new level, and have built their careers on exploring these concepts through drawing.
The twins have begun to explore the dynamics of visual perception when attending primary school, continuing their research at the Cooper Union’s School of Art in New York City. After graduation, they continued to investigate the act of looking and the perception of space and depth, inventing a new design technique based on binocular vision.
Their works are exhibited in the permanent collections of the Field Museum, the Spertus Museum in Chicago and the New York Public Library. In the summer of 2009 have created a large sculpture for the Millennium Park in Chicago, later installed at O’Hare International Airport. They have exhibited their work and lectured throughout the United States and abroad. Their most recent exhibitions have been hosted by the Museum of Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, and the CUE Art Foundation in New York. In the fall of 2011 carried out a project for the Getty Center in Los Angeles and in the winter of 2012 were resident artists at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, New York.
The Oakes brothers have provided visitors to their exhibitions with an educational experience that combines art, mathematics, science. Adults and children have been fascinated by their self-designed easel, and the finished product is sure to be a masterful work of art.