Born in 1982 in Boulder, Colorado, both of them graduates of the Cooper Union (2004) and now resident in New York City, Ryan and Trevor Oakes (also referred to as the Oakes Brothers or Oakes Twins) are identical twin American artists and draftsmen who have been engaged in an intensely collaborative exploration of the nature of bifocal visual perception, virtually since toddlerhood. Today they are best known for collaborative large-scale camera-obscura-exact drawings using a concave gridded easel which they devised and built. Their drawings, paintings, and sculptures explore the intersection of art and mathematics. Using their self-designed easel they render a scene on a curved sheet of paper by tracing what is in front of them onto that page freehand, as if using a camera obscura or a camera lucida projection, only they actually use no equipment whatsoever (no lenses, mirrors or projectors) beyond their own binocular vision or more precisely their visual cortex, which in turn allows them to trace a “ghost” image of the world onto the paper surface before them.
They are represented by the Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York City.
2016 Sightlines. Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Stony Brook University, NY
2014 Compounding Visions. National Museum of Mathematics, NYC.
2014 Spherical Behavior. Davis Gallery, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY.
2013 The Oakes Twins: Line of Sight. House of the Nobleman, NYC.
2012 Concave Drawings | Synchronized Field Paintings. House of Nobleman, London.
2012 New Work by Ryan and Trevor Oakes. Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley, CA.
2012 The Oakes Twins. North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND.
2012 The Periphery of Perception. EMPAC, Troy, NY.
2011 The Oakes Twins. CUE Art Foundation, NYC.
2009 Have No Narrow Perspectives. Millennium Park, Chicago.
2009 Double | Vision. The Field Museum, Chicago.
2008 Double | Vision. Spertus Museum, Chicago.
2004 Senior Thesis Exhibition. The Cooper Union, NYC.
2000 Twin Exhibition. Monongalia Art Center, Morgantown, WV.
Additional reading: RYAN (A’04) AND TREVOR OAKES (A’04): THE CONFLUENCE OF ART AND SCIENCE, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Winter 2008/2009 issue.