Project Space: Ramekon O’Arwisters

Jun 17, 2021   1pm–Jul 11, 2021   5pm
Headlands, Project Space

Work in progress: June 17–July 9; Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, 1–5PM (closed July 4)
Final installation: Sunday, July 11; 12–5PM

Ramekon O’Arwisters (AIR ’20) works with fabric, ceramics, and a multitude of embellishments to make sculpture. During his residency, O’Arwisters will expand on his recent series of fiber and ceramic sculptures titled Cheesecake, exploring new materials and increased scale. Cheesecake emerged from an earlier series of works, Mending, which drew inspiration from childhood memories of quilting with his grandmother—where he felt safe and accepted as a Queer Black male—during the Jim Crow era. With Mending, O’Arwisters utilized discarded household ceramics and fabric to make something whole from broken pieces. O’Arwisters pushes the sculptures into new dimensions with the Cheesecake series: dressed-up, fully actualized, and dangerously seductive.

Please note: Headlands resides on in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and must abide by National Park System guidelines. In accordance with National Park Service federal health guidelines, Headlands has established some COVID-19 protocols to help ensure the safety of all our visitors. 

  • Upon arrival, please ring doorbell for admittance. All visitors must sign in, record their temperature at a touchless temperature station, and submit that they have no COVID-19 symptoms using this self-check guide.
  • All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask over the nose and mouth at all times while indoors—no neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas, or face coverings with valves, mesh, or holes. 
  • All visitors must maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others. Parties of a single pod may remain together and children must remain with supervising adults at all times.
  • Mask and social distancing guidelines apply indoors; masks required outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained.

Our campus consists of historic buildings which lack central air filtration or circulation systems; Whenever possible, windows will remain open to encourage air circulation. Sanitizing stations are readily available throughout our buildings. Contact tracing is an important part of reducing the spread of COVID-19. Please contact if you test positive for COVID-19 or experience COVID-19 symptoms following your visit.

Project Space is located on the third floor of Building 944 and is currently accessible only by stairs.

Image: Ramekon O’Arwisters, Cheesecake #8. 2019; © Ramekon O’Arwisters, photo by David Schmitz