Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Mathew Reichertz: Garbage (2016)


With an introduction by Benjamin Woo and an essay by Robin Metcalfe

Co-published by Conundrum Press, Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, and Carleton University Art Gallery

48 pages, illustrated, soft cover


Garbage is a series of architectural-scale paintings by Mathew Reichertz that transform the art gallery into a comic book. Taken together the paintings tell the story of neighbours in Halifax’s North End and a mysterious couch that shows up one morning on the narrator’s front curb. As the narrator confronts his neighbours, asking where it came from, he gains insight into their lives as well as his own. Garbage collects these paintings into a graphic novel, which includes an essay by exhibition curator Robin Metcalfe and an introduction by comics academic Benjamin Woo.