Ramekon O’Arwisters

Work

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

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

(un)making

Episode 4: Ramekon O’Arwisters

By Weston TeruyaMarch 3, 2017

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

Demetri Broxton is the Director of Education at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco, where he manages an outreach program for Bay Area students. Broxton served as co-curator for Decoding Identity and curator of Past Forward: African Spirituality in Contemporary Black Art at the Sargent Johnson Gallery, African American Art and Culture Complex in San Francisco. Outside of MOAD he serves as an independent curator and educator.

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

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

August 26, 2019
PATRICIA SWEETOW GALLERY
February 28, 2019
San Franciso Chronicle