Mathew Reichertz: Garbage
Curated by Robin Metcalfe
Produced by Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax
18 January – 03 April 2016
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Painting becomes an immersive, narrative experience with Reichertz’s architectural-scale series of panels that transform the gallery into a comic book. With assemblages as large as 11 x 17 feet, the series tells the story of a conflict between the protagonist and his neighbours in a transitional North End Halifax neighbourhood. Alternating between everyday activities and exchanges between characters to imaginary scenes, between quiet reflection and explosive emotional reactions, and between light and dark in a manner reminiscent of film noir, and of the rich visual world of many acclaimed graphic novels, Garbage expands the narrative aspect that has characterized Reichertz’s work into a new, psychologically charged realm that overlaps with popular printed matter.
Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery acknowledges Arts Nova Scotia, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Municipality of Halifax for their support of this touring exhibition.