We were honored to be asked to donate a work to the Museum of Contemporary Photography's Benefit Auction. MoCP requested work by Matt Eich; we offered a piece from the Carry Me Ohio series, Skidmark, Chauncey, Ohio 2006. We are happy to report the work did well and sold above retail.Read More
Now that it has debuted, we are pleased to publicly share the video Matt Eich prepared for Rencontre d'Arles 2017. Eich was invited to create a video presentation of his Carry Me Ohio work for the French photography festival's Nuit de l’Année.
In the nearly 50 years of its operation, the festival has evolved into a springboard for creativity celebrating the media, and drawing patrons from around the world. In 2016 the festival was visited by more than 100,000 people. We are honored to have had work by one of our represented artists appear as part of this noteworthy event.Read More
MoCA Cleveland selected ten artists or artist collectives, and features new and recent work that explores diverse approaches to portraying, building, and connecting community.Read More
Beyond the boundaries of our San Diego venue, the work is the subject of major editorial attention, including from CNN, The New Yorker, PDN, and Photograph Magazine.
In muddy yards and dark bars, at kitchen tables and in trailers, Eich’s subjects smoke and talk, nap and drink, acting out a rich life with limited resources. An odd assortment of animals appear throughout—a zebra in a snowy backyard, ferrets at bath time, a troupe of all-white cats. Like his images of pristine woods and green grass, these connect Eich’s subjects to the cyles of the land. But nature and domestic life pause at the center of the book, in a full page spread showing the grey pit of a strip mine being worked by heavy machines. Writes Eich in the book, “Mining corporations stripped Appalachia of its resources from the 1820s to the 1960s. After taking all that they could, the corporations departed, leaving former boomtowns with little but their cultural identity.” His images record the results of that era, as residents “attempt to recover in the aftermath of extractive industry,” struggling through poverty to raise the next generation with the same strong, stubborn connection to this land. The book, he writes, “is my love song to Ohio.”Read More
The first volume of The Invisible Yoke, Carry Me Ohio, by Matt Eich hit the presses of the Swiss publisher, Sturm & Drang this September (2016). Carry Me Ohio is the first of three small-run volumes the notable publisher and emerging photographer have committed to producing together. In the words of Sturm & Drang :
Matt's eight year investigation into family, poverty and the ravaged beauty of the Ohio hinterlands will be published . . . just in time for an election that talks much about the people left behind without offering much in terms of a strategy how to help them. Eich's honest look gives those people a face and tells the story from their vantage point.
Copies of the book will be available at jdc Fine Art, from Sturm & Drang, and with select fine booksellers beginning this October.Read More