Ryan + Trevor Oakes: The Periphery of Perception
February 21 - May 31
The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) presents a newly commissioned drawing and exhibition of work by identical twins Ryan and Trevor Oakes that probes the nature of visual perception.
The Oakes brothers 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 are in residence at EMPAC, creating a commissioned drawing of EMPAC's 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 an exhibition looking at the development of the Oakes' work over the past 10 years.
"Early on, for subject matter in our art, we tended toward the investigation of center points. Centrally oriented clusters where things collected, or from which they dispersed, seemed to be everywhere in the physical world—from atoms to the human embryo to city centers to planetary bodies. Their abundance gives them significance, and we chose to focus much of our early art around the investigation and creation of center points," said the Oakes brothers.
"The commission for EMPAC constitutes the first time that the Oakes brothers are experimenting with a nonrectangular canvas, which extends to the organic perimeter of visual perception and a full 240-degree field of view," said Emily Zimmerman, EMPAC curator. "This space accounts for the individual inflection of the nose and of the brow bone within the visual field, gradually fading into darkness at the widest part of the
horizontal periphery. This darkness along the periphery is achieved through a new technique for shading, a series of concentric circles that draw a parallel between light as a wave and sound as a wave. This canvas is twice as large as the Oakes' typical canvas size, radically increasing the degree of the drawing's curvature, resulting in a kind of drawing in the round."
"Depicting the shape of the visual field is an important step in defining the terms of human vision, and talking about the entirety of its scope, is important, as well," said the Oakes. "For both of these reasons we were eager to plot and work within the visual perimeter and see how it behaves. We are incredibly thankful to EMPAC for supporting this step of exploration."
The exhibition will remain up through May 31. Admission is free.
For more information, go to empac.rpi.edu/events/2012/spring/oakes
Last Year at Marienbad
Directed by Alain Resnais
The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) presents Alain Resnais’ award-winning 1961 film Last Year at Marienbad, where narrative unfolds into uncertainty, and time and space are not always what they seem.
Last Year at Marienbad is a dream-like study of non-linear time and memory. Through ambiguous flashbacks and disorienting shifts of time and location, the film explores the relationships among its three main characters.
The film starts at 7:30 p.m. in the EMPAC Theater. Admission is $6. For more information, go to empac.rpi.edu/events/2012/spring/eternal/marienbad.
For more information, go to empac.rpi.edu/events/2012/spring/dorsen.