Max Streicher is a sculptor and installation artist from Alberta, now residing in Toronto, Canada. Since 1989 he has worked extensively with inflatable technology in kinetic sculptures and installation works. Max Streicher's work was included in the Sixth Beijing International Art Biennial. He has shown widely across Canada in museums and public galleries such as the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Art Gallery of Alberta. He has been part of group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto and The Power Plant Centre for Contemporary Art. He has completed several site-related projects across Canada, Europe, Asia and South America.
Max Streicher was a founding member of NetherMind, a collective of sculptors who, since 1991, have presented exhibitions of their works in conversation with alternative exhibition sites, such as abandoned factories. Streicher served on the Board of Directors of Mercer Union: A Centre for Contemporary Visual Art in Toronto from 1992 – 1998. Since 2012, he has served on the Arts and Music Committee of the St. Anne’s Anglican Church in Toronto coordinating site-related exhibitions. In 2007 Streicher was a presenter at Take a Deep Breath, a Symposium hosted by the Tate Modern, London, UK.
Max Streicher’s works typically consist of sewn forms that are filled and animated by the force of air. Like balloons, these works exist in a state of tension: They too are air pressurized against a thin membrane, held in a balance that is fragile and inevitably lost.
Through his use of delicate materials, the detailed and life-like rendering of his forms and the dynamics of his installations, he seeks way to challenge and complicate what we think we know of inflatables as they are more commonly found in popular culture. The tension--air pressurized against a delicate membrane--is anthropomorphized, metaphysical, vacillating between whimsy and the fear of loss, between playfulness and the threat of destruction.
Streicher's inflatable works are in the collections of museums such as the Albertina Museum in Vienna, The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Japan, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, The Art Gallery of Windsor, in Ontario, and the University of Toronto Art Centre.
Max Streicher is currently represented by Ricco/Maresca Gallery in New York. and Galerie Miguel Marcos in Barcelona.
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