By Center for Italian Modern Art
When they were young, brothers Giorgio de Chirico and Alberto Savinio, while not actually twins, thought of themselves as two halves of one mind and called themselves the Dioscuri—the Greek name for Castor and Pollux, the twin brothers of Greek and Roman mythology.
Trevor and Ryan Oakes are identical twin brothers and artists who have developed a collaborative practice. They too feel like two halves of one mind. Being mirror-image twins (one is right-handed, the other left-handed), their strengths tend to be complementary, similar to the way the right brain and left brain contribute differing approaches to cognition.
The Oakes’ creative collaboration centers on an investigation into human perception of light and space. In the process they’ve created an entirely new method for depicting the act of seeing that uses the binocular collaboration of the two eyes in an innovative way. Their spherically concave drawings and paintings echo the curvature of the eye. Lawrence Weschler in The New York Times called their art “one of the most intriguing breakthroughs in the depiction of physical reality since the Renaissance.”
Join us for an evening with the Oakes Twins, in conversation with Brett Littman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center, to reflect on modes of seeing, brotherly collaboration, and the art of Alberto Savinio.