A. Dog park
In 2012-13 I was awarded a residency through the Halifax Regional Municipality that took place in Point Pleasant Park. The project involved doing paintings onsite that were an attempt to represent a walk in the park through the olfactory experience of a dog. By the end of the residency I realized that I had begun a much larger project than I had originally envisioned. I took an hiatus from the project while I completed Garbage. I am currently working on finishing this project.
01 - work in progress
02 - detail, work in progress variable dimensions, oil on Lexan film, 2012-15
03 - detail, work in progress variable dimensions, oil on Lexan film, 2012-15
Garbage is an 18 “page” architectural scale comic book that transforms the gallery into the book itself. Each “page” of the story is made up of a group of painted panels on sturdy polystyrene that, when assembled, are between 6 x 8 feet and 11 x 17 feet. The paintings move from large rectangles to multi panelled conglomerations. It is hoped that this shift, when presented in a gallery setting, will create a feeling that the walls of the space become the pages of the story.
01 - Installation view
02 - Installation view
03 - Installation view
04 - Garbage, page 1, 6’ x 8’. oil on polystyrene 2014
05 - Garbage, page 5, 6’ x 8’. oil on polystyrene 2014
c. The Fight
The Fight is a circular story involving two men beating each other up endlessly. It employs historical narrative strategies where the same characters are represented multiple times in a single image.
1. Installation view 02 - The Fight, 7 of 7 5’ x 7’, oil on canvas, 2006
I NORMALLY WORK ON LARGE-SCALE NARRATIVE PROJECTS. EACH PROJECT LOOKS DISTINCT FROM THE OTHERS BECAUSE FORMAL CHOICES LIKE SCALE, MATERIALS AND COLOUR ARE MADE IN RELATION TO THE STORY BEING ADDRESSED. THE HISTORY AND TRADITION OF PAINTING AS WELL AS NARRATIVE GENRES LIKE COMICS PROVIDE THE CONTEXT IN WHICH I WORK. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SPECIFIC PROJECTS VISIT WWW.REICHERTZ.CA
Originally from Montreal, Mathew Reichertz completed his BFA at Concordia University and his MFA at NSCAD University. In 2005 Reichertz was the Eastern Canadian winner of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition and in 2006 was shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award. He has had numerous exhibitions nationally and his work can be found in a number of institutional collections including the Nova Scotia Art Bank, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Dalhousie Art Gallery. Reichertz’s interests are in narrative and contemporary painting. In 2006 he became a tenure track member of the Faculty at NSCAD University where he is now an Associate Professor.