On Being an Artist: A Passion Talk by Max Streicher - Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 p.m.

Post date: Sep 29, 2015 11:57:39 AM

20/30s Group hosts Passion Talks: Ever wonder how your interests and your faith are intertwined?

Max Streicher will be leading a discussion about his passion for making things: craft or art (is there a difference?). And, what's the difference between obsessive activity and passion?

Max Streicher is a sculptor and installation artist from Alberta, now residing in Toronto. He works extensively with inflatable art:

"Inflatables have had an important place in my work since 1989. In most of these sculptures and installations I have used industrial fans and simple valve mechanisms to animate sewn forms with lifelike gestures. Most of these works have been made of lightweight and papery fabrics such as Tyvek or nylon spinnaker. The weightlessness of these materials allows them to respond with surprising subtlety to the action of air within and around them. Generally inflatables are an expression of naive optimism. In an art context they signal popular culture, anti-art and irony. I play with and against these expectations. The movement of air within my forms recalls our own sensation of breath—of breathlessness, of holding our breath, etc. My work exists in moments of kinesthesia, when the movement of air within a form causes something to stir within the physical being of the viewer. This response is to more than just the obvious action of inflation and the robust occupation of space. What I feel is even more moving is the recognition of deflation, shrinking, vulnerability, silence and dying. My choice of extremely light and papery materials enhances this sense of absence and transience, of the nearly not there at all. Thus, the awakening comes more in our awareness of the tenuousness and fleeting nature of our existence. My work with the inflatable medium is about moving the viewer from a playful and ironic headspace toward a physical connection to his or her most vital forces."

Max Streicher is a parishioner of St. Anne's. He has exhibited works in the church, and organized group exhibits, such as Mirabilia (Things that cause us to Wonder) for St. Anne's 150th Anniversary.

BACKGROUND: The idea behind Passion Talks is to have different members of St. Anne's (of all ages!) give short 10-20 min talks on a subject that they are passionate about and to share the link between their passion and their own faith journey. You do not have to be in your 20/30s to attend!

The presenter shares his or her story, followed by an open discussion that makes connections to our faith.

MAY 18:

On Being an Artist

A Passion Talk by Max Streicher

A simple soup will be served at 7 p.m. in the Ministry Centre and the discussion will start promptly at 7:30 p.m. The Ministry Centre is located at 276 Gladstone Ave (directly north of the church).


  • 7:00 - Soup & Visiting

  • 7:30-9:00 - Passion Talk