John T. Riddle Jr. Solves America's Problems
|Installation view with John T. Riddle Jr.'s America's Problem Solver, about 1970|
Riddle said he came up with titles or concepts first, then selected found objects to meld into a sculpture. America's Problem Solver (about 1970s), an assault weapon assemblage, has been all too topical several times since the Craft Contemporary exhibition opened on June 2.
Another of Riddle's self-imposed rules was "You couldn't take the found object in its exact context and stick it in some art. You had to cut a piece off; you had to do something so it wasn't the same as what you found."
|John T. Riddle Jr., Pressure from the Right, about 1965|
|John T. Riddle Jr., Fallen Man, 1968-69|
|John T. Riddle Jr., Panthers, about 1970|
|John T. Riddle Jr., untitled collage, about 1968|
|John T. Riddle Jr., Nixon, 1972|