The Oakes Twins: SIGHTLINES

November 15, 2016 – March 31, 2017
Simons Center Gallery
Curated by Lorraine Walsh

Opening Reception: Tuesday, November 15

5:00 pm: Wine and Cheese Reception, Simons Center Gallery and Lobby
5:45 pm: Artist Talk: From Iterative Form to Concave Perception, Ryan and Trevor Oakes, SCGP 103

Born in Colorado in 1982, the visual artists and twin brothers, Ryan and Trevor Oakes, are engaged in a conversation about the nuances of vision since they were children. They explored their mutual fascination with sight and perspective throughout grade school and during college at Cooper Union’s School of Art in New York City. Since graduation in 2004, they have continued their dialogue through work that explores the logic of art, the beauty of mathematics, and the spaces where these two arenas become inextricably entwined. The Oakes’ artwork addresses human vision, light, and the mysteries of perception in the unique way they have come to understand it.

Ryan and Trevor Oakes’ art is held in numerous permanent collections including The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NYC; The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; The Field Museum, Chicago; and The New York Public Library, NYC. Their works of Public Art have been exhibited in Chicago’s Millennium Park, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). They exhibit and lecture internationally, and their artistic residencies include The Getty Center, Los Angeles; The Drawing Center, NYC; and the Palazzo Strozzi Museum, Florence, Italy. The Oakes’ solo exhibitions include The National Museum of Mathematics, NYC; The North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND; and The Field Museum, Chicago.


Ryan and Trevor Oakes, The Bean, 2008 Black pigment ink, cotton paper, linen tape, museum board 20 x 21 x 10 inches Courtesy of the artists


Ryan and Trevor Oakes, Jardin del Patio (Courtyard Garden), 2015 Color pigment ink, cotton paper, linen tape, museum board 20 x 21 x 10 inches Courtesy of the artists


Ryan and Trevor Oakes, Matchstick Spiral, 2004 Strike anywhere matches, glue 15 x 21 x 21 inches Courtesy of the artists