Vertical Constructions: Dancer #1 and #2, 2012, Photography by Sarah Fay
Max Streicher - Toronto, Canada
Vertical Constructions: Dancer #1 and #2, 2012
62 Exhibition B Toronto Eaton Centre Sponsored Project
Toronto Eaton Centre, 240 Yonge Street
Albert's Way entrance
[ selected photographs ] [ video ]
Vertical Constructions: Dancer #1 and #2 consists of a pair of inflatable sculptures located at a bustling
junction within the Toronto Eaton Centre. They represent bodies abstracted by speed and movement, levitating
just overhead, as if frozen in an aerial pirouette. This point in the mall, with viewing platforms on
several floors, is at once a point of great activity but is also a point of pause, where we can take
in multiple levels of the building at once and witness ourselves as part of a complex dance of people
on the move.
"My constructions are made of vinyl recycled from billboards, like the ones hanging nearby on the
walls of the mall. Before I cut them up and reassembled them, this printed material was telling us how
to look, what to wear and so on. Now they are just part of the dance.
In this work I attempt to fuse two art historical sources, Constructivism of the early 20thC, which reconfigured
the body as a machine prepared for revolution, with wild style graffiti, which renders tags into complex,
three-dimensional, interlocking forms. In my dancers I attempt to form Constructivist bodies as a graffiti
artist might interpret them, or vice a versa." – Max Streicher.
Artist Biography: Max Streicher is a sculptor from Toronto. His work has been shown at The Art Gallery
of Ontario, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. He has
completed site-related projects most recently in Mumbai, India, and Reims, France. He was a founding
member of the Toronto-based Nethermind collective.