My high school teacher told me once that I should learn to do things without first knowing that I would be rewarded for it and my mother reinforced that notion. That idea stuck. I have always followed things that I was passionate about just to see where they might go, I have hit a thousand and one dead ends—ask me if I care?

O’Arwisters’ latest body of work, “Cheesecake” is flashier, with brightly colored fabrics, hot pink lace, gold tassels. In collaboration with the ceramic department at Cal State Long Beach, he now recycles broken pieces from their “shard yard.”

Jefferson Pinder’s work provokes commentary about race and struggle. Focusing primarily with neon, found objects, and video, Pinder investigates identity through the most dynamic circumstances and materials.

On this episode, we hear from artist Jefferson Pinder about his performance art piece “THIS IS NOT A DRILL” performed at The Source on 14th Street in mid June 2019.

As a highlight of CulturalDC’s 20th Anniversary Season, alumni artist Jefferson Pinder will bring a limited-run engagement of a performance art piece exploring racial injustices in America to the historic U St and 14th St Corridors.