Ritchie’s contribution to the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall will continue his exploration of the possibilities, limitations, and collaborative capabilities of various media. Here, painting escapes its traditional confines both dimensionally—by extending across the art wall to the adjacent bay of windows—as well as materially—through the inclusion of sound. The imagery, like the Dewey Square mural, will be composed of dark, gestural and diagrammatic lines on a pale background. The drawing on the wall will become more and more colorful as it reaches the windows, where the drawing will erupt with complexity and color.
This large-scale installation is just one component of Ritchie's ambitious, 18-month residency designed to visualize the connections between the history of Boston and of the United States; science, religion and politics; and the ICA building, which, in Ritchie's opinion, is a beacon on the bay. The aim of the overall project is to expand the space of painting and drawing into six collaborative disciplines: architecture, city planning, video, performance, theater, and music-all while still retaining properties unique to painting and drawing. Learn more about the artist's colossal, multi-disciplinary project here.