Jim Ridlon: The Garden
On View February 15 – September 6, 2020
Over the course of his nearly six-decade career, Jim Ridlon (b. 1934) has explored abstraction through a variety of media, from the traditional to the unusual. His early paintings and sculptures, minimal and monumentally- scaled, were recognized for their monolithic timelessness and sense of physical permanence. In contrast, Ridlon’s more recent works explore time differently: as fleeting, transformational, and in flux. Paintings from the Garden Series, a selection of which is on view here publicly for the first time, are impressionistic meditations on the passage of time, the impermanence of nature, and also, perhaps, a reflection of life itself. The evolution of Ridlon’s art—from the imposing bravado of early works to the quiet intimacy of the Garden Series—suggests an artist who is living a full and creative life, ever open to traveling new paths over time.