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. They 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. This fall (2016) the Gallery will exhibit works from the first chapter, Carry Me Ohio. Eich has forthcoming publications planned with Sturm & Drang for each volume of The Invisible Yoke. The first in the series will be released this fall.
A young artist fulfilling his MFA, Eich has a degree and an established record in photo journalism. His 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.