ArtRage: The Norton Putter Gallery

505 Hawley Avenue Syracuse, NY

DISCORD & DISSENT: Commentary on Contemporary Politics by Jim Ridlon

June 2, 2018 12:00 pmtoJuly 13, 2018 4:00 pm
Jim Ridlon art-web“Budget Cutters” by Jim Ridlon

This collection of assemblages by Cazenovia, New York artist Jim Ridlon represents visual puns reflecting on the inadequacies and inconsistencies of our political systems. The work focuses on points of contention that establish party lines and inhibit the political process. Found objects are used as metaphors that comment on political strategies resulting in positions of power and dominance.

Jim Ridlon-studio image

Jim Ridlon is an artist and a former American football safety who played college football for Syracuse University and eight seasons in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys. After his football career, he became a sports painter and sculptor, returning to Syracuse University to teach art classes and double as a backfield coach for the football team in 1965. He also wrote a novel and worked as a color commentator on the Syracuse University football radio broadcasts for over 20 years. In 1988, he was commissioned to design and sculpt the Outland Trophy, which has become one of college football’s most prestigious awards.