2013-14 Davis Gallery Exhibitions
Ryan and Trevor Oakes
January 24 - March 7, 2014
Opening reception Friday, January 24, 6 - 8 p.m.
Brothers and collaborators, Ryan and Trevor Oakes create detailed drawings which mimic both the details and the shape of human vision. Using a system of their own invention, the Oakes twins employ split focus and a curved easel to render illusionistic space in three dimensions on a two-dimensional surface. Sculptures in cardboard and early matchstick studies further articulate the artists’ conception of light rays as they intersect with the human eye to create images of space and volume.
The twins' drawing method has been described, by no less an authority than Columbia University’s perceptual historian Jonathan Crary, as one of the most original breakthroughs in the rendering of visual space since the Renaissance.