Max Streicher is a special guest artist here in New York, renowned for his contributions to the Balloon Museum’s inaugural exhibition, Pop Air, which has extensively toured Europe. His artworks, Silenus and Battle of Cannae, have graced the cities visited by the Balloon Museum, including Rome, Paris, Milan, Madrid, and, most recently, Naples and Barcelona in the 2024. We are thrilled to welcome his artwork Walking Army to the Let’s Fly exhibition in New York City, which will subsequently embark on a journey across major cities in the United States
For over 30 years he has been creating complex figures and shapes with lightweight materials such as nylon, synthetic paper or vinyl. The works come to life by means of small industrial blowers. He uses air to animate shapes because it provides effortless naturalism, recalling our own feeling of breathing. The force of air, the way it fills a shape and moves through a flexible material, invokes our own feeling of breathing, wheezing, holding our breath. The choice of extremely light and paper-based materials increases this sense of absence, death and transience, of the almost absent. His work with the inflatable sculpture always aims to bring the viewer back to the body, to the breath, to the awareness of the tenuousness and fleeting nature of our existence.