I Love You, I’m Leaving
September 6 - 30, 2018
Artist’s Talk: Saturday, September 8 | 3 pm
This series borrows from personal experience, and the visual language of the everyday in order to create a fictional account that mirrors my reality. Photographs are reductions, distillations, half-truths and complete fabrications. They can only describe the surface of things, while I am interested in the intangible – memory and emotional resonance. - Matt Eich
I Love You, I’m Leaving, now on view at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon, shows a softer but no less gritty side of the Artist. This work is more intimate than his Invisible Yoke work, though arguably its existence proves the latter oeuvre also holds deeper sensibilities than first imagined. I Love You, I’m Leaving depicts Eich’s own family and friends, but admittedly is no memoir, rather the photographs exist between documentary and fiction.
The work plays on our emotions and there are plenty of them: love, heartbreak, forgiveness, and longing, but also ambition, struggle, desire, and trust. They are playful, elegant, and familiar. Their power comes from their ability to crack the door to our own memories. Everything becomes fluid. These are fleeting scenes we want to hold onto of growing up, playing, fighting, play-fighting, family dinners, everyday fragments, and the like. They are structured and candid, but most of all well-chosen to bring us into an emotional state. This is the blood of life.
Learn more about this exhibition at Blue Sky.