Ryan + Trevor Oakes: The Periphery of Perception

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
April 18, 2012

Identical twins Ryan and Trevor Oakes engage in probing studies of visual perception and light through material investigations, discovering methods that constitute key advancements in the representation of visual reality. This winter they will be in residence, creating a commissioned drawing of our Concert Hall. This drawing will mark the first time the Oakes brothers re-envision the structure of their drawings to trace the perimeter of binocular vision. This new work will be shown as part of The Periphery of Perception — an exhibition looking at the development of the Oakes’ work over the past 10 years.

Panel Discussion

A conversation on optics, the nature of light, and the rendering of visual reality with writer Damien James, photographer Michael Benson, and artists Ryan and Trevor Oakes.

Special viewing hours:

This exhibition is visible during regular building hours 12–6 PM Monday–Saturday, and additionally until 9 PM this spring during evening public events. Please note the following exceptions:

Thursday, March 15th–Monday, March 26th, CLOSED

Sunday, April 1st, 5–9 PM
Tuesday, April 10th, thru 6 PM
Saturday, April 28th, until 8 PM

Saturday, May 5th, until 6 PM
Sunday, May 13th, 4–8 PM

Emily Berçir Zimmerman

The work of brothers Ryan and Trevor Oakes is held in the permanent collections of The Field Museum and the Spertus Museum in Chicago, and the New York Public Library. Their public art projects include a large-scale outdoor sculpture that debuted in Chicago's Millennium Park in the summer of 2009, and is now installed at O'Hare International Airport. They have exhibited and lectured about their artwork across the US and abroad, most recently working with the Palazzo Strozzi Museum in Florence, Italy, during the summer of 2011, and exhibiting at CUE Art Foundation in New York City.

In the fall of 2011, they will do a drawing project at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, and in the winter of 2012, they will be in residence creating an installation at EMPAC. In the fall of 2012, they'll return to Florence to re-envision an artwork of Brunelleschi, creator of the first perspective experiment on the books, demonstrated around 1425.

The Periphery of Perception
See Special Viewing Hours
February 21May 31, 2012
Panel Discussion
Concert Hall
April 18, 2012, 6PM

"Art is the playground of the physical world. Light is the medium of all visual art. Any piece of visual material—art, nature, literature—that might spark awe in the mind will come through the gates of the eyes." —The Oakes Twins

EMPAC 2011-2012 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA