O'Arwisters uses food and clothing as "coded carriers" for social and political commentary. "I believe that the racial, sexual, social and political structuresand in particular, the racial stereotypesthat build this country are as important to maintaining the power base found in the United States as food is important to maintaining life," he explains. In "American Cuisine," foods like apples, bananas and Oreos, all of which are "white on the inside" but a different color on the outside, represent common inter-racial stereotypes of people of color.
luggage store annex, San Francisco
SEPTEMBER 14 - OCTOBER 14, 2007
Queer Cultural Center, San Francisco
Images of the Shamans Tunic (2007) featured in the exhibition.
The premise for the exhibition is alarmingly unequivocal-- the menu for America's Last Supper will consist solely of people of color. Ramekon O'Arwisters decisively drives home his point with a series of sculptural anecdotes, rife with iconography selected to point up racial, social, and class stereotypes and prejudices, the upshot representing a sampler plate of beliefs that run deep and rampant through the fiber of American culture. Chew on that for a while. Good show; go see.