Ramekon O’Arwisters

Work

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #13 / 2019 / fabric, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program, beads, pins / 31 x 20 x 20 inches

Installation at Untitled Art Fair 2020

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #13 / 2019 / fabric, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program, beads, pins / 31 x 20 x 20 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #13 / 2019 / fabric, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program, beads, pins / 31 x 20 x 20 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #13 / 2019 / fabric, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program, beads, pins / 31 x 20 x 20 inches

Untitled Art Fair 2020

Markus Linnenbrink / QUESTIONMARKSLINGERANDOBJECTSFALLDOWN / 2019 / epoxy resin on wood / 24 x 96 inches

RAMEKON O’ARWISTERS / Cheesecake #13 / fabric, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program, beads, pins / 31 x 20 x 20 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #13 / 2019 / fabric, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program, beads, pins / 31 x 20 x 20 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #13 / 2019 / fabric, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program, beads, pins / 31 x 20 x 20 inches

RAMEKON O’ARWISTERS / Cheesecake #13 / fabric, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program, beads, pins / 31 x 20 mx 20 inches

Markus Linnenbrink / GIVEMEABEAUTIFULAUDIENCE / 2019 / epoxy resin on wood / 36 x 48 inches

DEMETRI BROXTONWorth the Weight / 2019-20 / Everlast gloves, cowrie shells, 24K gold Japanese delica beads, Czech seed beads, redwood, frankincense, cotton & nylon thread, brass nails, mirrors, stainless steel chain and hardware

Inspired by the opening track of Jidenna’s 85 to Africa and Saidiya Hartman’s Lose Your MotherWorth the Weight brings together several key ideas central to Broxton’s body of work. Cowrie shells were one of the key forms of currency used to purchase enslaved Africans during the Transatlantic Slave Trade. According to Hartman’s research, a strong male could be purchased for approximately 1 pound of cowrie shells for every 13 pound of the man’s body weight. Worth the Weight brings together the history of boxing which has been heavily tied into concepts of race and racial superiority ever since Jack Johnson became the first Black heavyweight champion of the world in 1908. The boxing gloves are embellished with cowrie shells and cascade down to a larger pile of 17 pounds of cowrie shells — corresponding to the purchase amount for the average weight of modern heavyweight boxers.

 

 

 

 

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #14 / 2019 / fabric, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program, beads, pins / 29 x 20 x 18 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #14 / 2019 / fabric, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program, beads, pins / 29 x 20 x 18 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #14 / 2019 / fabric, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program, beads, pins / 29 x 20 x 18 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #14 / 2019 / fabric, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program, beads, pins / 29 x 20 x 18 inches

Untitled Art Fair 2020

MARKUS LINNENBRINKCONTACTMAGICALBOY / 2019 / epoxy resin on wood / 48 x 48 inches (123.84 cm x 123.84 cm)

RAMEKON O’ARWISTERS / Cheesecake #14 / fabric, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program, beads, pins / 29 x 20 mx 18 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #14 / 2019 / fabric, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program, beads, pins / 29 x 20 x 18 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #14 / 2019 / fabric, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program, beads, pins / 29 x 20 x 18 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #15 / 2019 / fabric, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program, beads, pins / 30 x 18 x 18 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #14 / 2019 / fabric, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program, beads, pins / 29 x 20 x 18 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #14 / 2019 / fabric, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program, beads, pins / 29 x 20 x 18 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #14 / 2019 / fabric, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program, beads, pins / 29 x 20 x 18 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #14 / 2019 / fabric, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program, beads, pins / 29 x 20 x 18 inches

Installation view from Art Toronto 2019

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #10 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 12 x 12 x 13 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #1 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 12 x 12 x 13 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #1 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 12 x 12 x 13 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #1 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 12 x 12 x 13 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #9 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 20 x 11 x 11 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #9 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 20 x 11 x 11 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #9 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 20 x 11 x 11 inches

Installation view from Art Toronto 2019

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #1 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 14 x 14 x 17 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #1 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 14 x 14 x 17 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #1 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 14 x 14 x 17 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #2 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 19 x 17 x 12 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #2 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 19 x 17 x 12 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #2 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 19 x 17 x 12 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #3 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 15 x 12 x 8 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #3 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 15 x 12 x 8 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #3 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 15 x 12 x 8 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #8 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 15 x 17 x 15 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #8 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 15 x 17 x 15 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #8 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 15 x 17 x 15 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #4 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 9.5 x 12 x 10 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #4 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 9.5 x 12 x 10 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #4 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 9.5 x 12 x 10 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #6 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 19 x 18 x 12 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #6 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 19 x 18 x 12 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #6 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 19 x 18 x 12 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #5 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 9 x 11 x 10 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #5 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 9 x 11 x 10 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #5 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 9 x 11 x 10 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #7 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 20 x 15 x 11 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #7 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 20 x 15 x 11 inches

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Cheesecake #7 / 2019 / textiles, ceramics from CSULB ceramic program / 20 x 15 x 11 inches

Intallation View of Assembled / 2018

Ramekon O’Arwisters / Mending / 2017 / January 6 – February 10, 2018

Videos

In the Artist’s Studio: Ramekon O’Arwisters

Interview conducted by Demetri Broxton, Director of Education

 

(un)making

Episode 4: Ramekon O’Arwisters

By Weston TeruyaMarch 3, 2017

Saturday, February 3rd at 3pm: In Conversation: Demetri Broxton & Ramekon O’Arwisters.

 

BIO

Growing up in Jim Crow South during the Civil Rights Movement, Ramekon O’Arwisters had a safe haven, quilting with his Grandmother where he was “embraced, important and special.” These early memories prompted his nascent series of unique crocheted/ceramic sculptures titled, Mending. Employing ordinary household, or decorative pottery, broken and discarded, O’Arwisters combined traditional crafts into a dimensional woven tapestry, stripping both cloth and ceramic of their intended function.

In his new series of sculptures titled Cheesecake, the works have transformed from something broken, needing mending, to fully determined and self-aware. Being Black and Queer, the full complexity of the moniker Cheesecake, used to objectify an attractive, sexualized man or woman is not lost to O’Arwisters. Instead he embraces it, subverting the demeaning implication in describing his said, “objects”. Combining lacy, embellished fabrics with ceramics contributed by students and faculty from California State University at Long Beach, O’Arwisters sculptural hybrids embody both danger and seduction in his bold ‘coming of age’ works.

Ramekon O’Arwisters is the founder of Crochet Jam, a community arts project infused with folk-art traditions that foster a creative culture in cooperative relationships. Born in Kernersville, North Carolina, O’Arwisters earned a M.Div. from Duke University Divinity School in 1986. He was an artist-in-residence at the de Young Museum, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Vermont Studio Center. Grants and Awards include Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, NY, the San Francisco Foundation and the San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Program. He received the 2014 Eureka Fellow, awarded by the Fleishhacker Foundation in San Francisco. His work has been featured in the LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, 7×7 Magazine, Artnet, and the San Francisco Examiner.

Press

September 10, 2020
San Francisco Art Commission
June 2, 2019
Squarecylinder
February 28, 2019
San Franciso Chronicle
October 2, 2018
Wall Street International
October 2, 2018
SF/Arts
August 10, 2018
WUSA 9
June 22, 2018
Full Service Radio
February 3, 2018
San Francisco Chronicle: Pink Section
February 1, 2018
KALW Local Public Radio 91.7FM in San Francisco
January 27, 2018
Squarecylinder
January 25, 2018
Wall Street International
January 13, 2018
San Francisco Chronicle: Datebook
November 7, 2017
Surface Design Association
November 7, 2017
OtherPeoplesPixels Blog
April 18, 2017
Virginia Commonwealth University
March 31, 2017
Peninsula Press
January 21, 2017
SF Station
January 5, 2017
Open Space / SFMOMA
Press Continued

News

September 10, 2020
San Francisco Art Commission
August 26, 2019
PATRICIA SWEETOW GALLERY
February 28, 2019
San Franciso Chronicle