Matt Eich explores the psychology of place. His subject is the American Condition. Eich makes connections as he travels, and documents the people and places he encounters. These sweeping portraits of America are often gruff, always intimate. These are unsettling but beautiful. We find ourselves positioned beside, among, within the frame. Once we are implicated, we feel a sense of urgency in response to these images. They stop us, they shake us up, and they haunt us forever. Four volumes fall under an overarching body of work, The Invisible Yoke: Carry Me Ohio, Sin & Salvation in Baptist Town, The Seven Cities, and We, the Free.
In the fall of 2016, the Gallery exhibited works from Carry Me Ohio in conjunction with the Artist's first monograph release. Eich will publish all of his Invisible Yoke work with Sturm & Drang; the first released in 2016, and the rest will follow. A selection of Carry Me Ohio images follow.
I Love You, I’m Leaving is newer work by the artist that looks at family. It is a meditation on familial bonds, longing, and memory. The series borrows from personal experience and the visual language of the everyday. It creates a fictional account that mirrors reality. Eich made this work during a time of personal domestic unease; he photographed as his parents separated, and his family moved to a new city.
Eich earned his MFA from Hartford Art School's International Limited-Residency Program and his BS in Photojournalism from Ohio University. He has an established record in photo journalism; some editorial clients include Al Jazeera America, Business Week, Esquire, GQ, National Geographic, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, and WIRED, among others. Public collections for his personal work include The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Portland Art Museum, Light Work, and the The New York Public Library, among others.