Kevin Eichner pairs industry with nature. In his labored process of cutting, bending and twisting the I-beam he highlights the liveliness of a material often associated with only toughness and rigidity. Fronds grow into palm branches; the palm tree bends in the wind; a human figure emerges as a dancer. Eichners Modus Vivendi might suggest to some viewers the Roman myth of the nymph Daphne escaping Apollos desirous touch by changing into a tree. Sarah Clark-Langager FOSC 2012
My work evolves from the stiff, rigid, industrial I-beam, an icon of the 20th century, typically used in the construction of vast bridges and towering skyscrapers. As a sculptor I search to understand the truth to the materials and strive to discover ways to stretch and manipulate that truth bringing forth its potential in new ways. I have discovered the breath within the beams, and how the toughness and rigidity of the beams gives way to the gesturing, blossoming, and intertwining celebration of both human nature and Mother Nature within the industrial beams. I present to you work that celebrates an individuals spirit and human relationships the union of lovers, the bonds of family and the gathering of the community.
I was born in Buffalo, NY and scavenged amongst the mountains of industrial scrap in the shadows of the Bethlehem Steel while achieving his BFA at Buffalo State College. There I received both a formal, figurative, atelier style training and a modern, contemporary, philosophical focused education. I later proceeded on with his Masters work at East Carolina University and continued to study and explore the movement and gestures of the human figure within the rigid, industrial I-Beam.
My work is included in a number of public art collections around the Carolinas, including Beber Sculpture Garden, Duke University Law School, Durham, NC; WaterWorks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury, NC; Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir: Broyhill Civic Center, Lenoir, NC; The Imperial Center for the Arts and Sciences, Rocky Mount, NC; The Vaughn Sculpture Garden, Graham, NC; along with a number of private collections and numerous exhibitions up and down the East Coast.