Troika: vinyl, electric fans; each horse, 7 meters tall, detail from Ludwig Forum for Contemporary Art, Aachen, Germany, 2006
Troika by Max Streicher
July 8 - 10 Nathan Phillips Square
Max Streicher is best known for his colossal inflated figures and their engagement with architectural spaces, interior and exterior. Troika is a continuation of a series of “equestrian monuments”, or should we say anti-monuments? For all their monumental presence they are but vinyl skins filled with air.
Streicher’s work with the horse image emerged out of an interest in expressions of the metaphysical as seen in the work of Giorgio de Chirico or Salvador Dali, both of whom depicted horses and both with reference to classical sculpture.
Historical references are rich and varied in Streicher’s works generally. In Troika we see, for example, hints of the Elgin Marbles and classical ponies that grace the entrance to San Marco’s Basilica in Venice.
Streicher has also found inspiration in the ancient Chinese terracotta army of soldiers and horses of Shaanxi province:
As I breath life into these horses I feel that I share something with the creators of that terracotta army. I assume my motivation is of a different nature. I am not interested in an expression of might or eternity. On the contrary my work with inflatable and kenetic sculpture is always about bringing the viewer back to a shared physical experience, the sensation of breathing, for example, and also to an awareness of the tenuousness and fleeting nature of our existence.
Troika is generously supported by Max Streicher and Pari Nadimi Gallery.