On view: September 2013 – Fall 2014
Conceptually and visually tied to Ritchie’s multidisciplinary, 18-month residency, the mural's diagrammatic imagery draws inspiration from Boston’s history and waterfront location. Featuring gray lines atop a pale blue background, the mural, installed on the façade of the ventilation building on Dewey Square on the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, brings the dynamic history of abstract painting into daily public life in Boston.
“Matthew Ritchie uses abstraction on a very grand scale to visualize information about systems of time, the creation of the universe, theories in physics, and the history of art,” said Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director of the ICA. “We’re thrilled to bring the evocative beauty and the dynamic history of abstract painting into daily public life in Boston.”
Click below to view a time-lapse video of the installation of the Dewey Square mural, filmed from September 14 – 21, 2013.
The mural project also includes a unique digital component: a short film by the artist featuring music by Bryce Dessner of The National, titled Congregation. The video is accessible on wireless devices by scanning a QR code posted at the site, or by clicking here.
The Ritchie mural is the second collaboration between the ICA and the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, replacing a work by Brazilian artists Os Gemeos installed in August 2012.
This temporary mural on the Greenway is brought to you by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy and the ICA/Boston and was made possible by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Boston Art Commission, and the City of Boston. The mural was funded through private donations and the generous support of Tricia O’Neill & Signs Unique, Jodi & Hal Hess, Patricia La Valley & Geoff Hargadon, and Mark & Marie Schwartz.
Image (above): Remanence: Salt and Light. Photo: Geoff Hargadon.