Katharina Grosse’s Installation: “The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres, Then it Stopped”

Written By Isabelle Davis

German artist Katharina Grosse recently unveiled her installation at Carriageworks under the name “The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres, Then it Stopped.” Part of the Sydney Art Festival of 2018 and a third part of the Schwartz Carriageworks series of projects shown internationally, Grosse’s work responds to Carriagework’s industrial architecture and grand scale.

When one experiences this large, enveloping installation, one is immediately engaged not only because of the large scale, but because of Grosse’s use of bright, almost kaleidoscopic color. Grosse uses a spray gun, which shows the varying textures sprayed across the grand scale of the building.

In addition to the installation’s large scale, Grosse uses 8,250 metres of fabric, suspended and positioned in various ways across the space. It is the fabric that transforms the space into a multi-dimensional installation, producing an odd, invigorating, inviting environment.

Free to the public of Sydney and all its visitors, Katharina Grosse’s installation is one no one should miss. Ultimately, Grosse’s use of color in an environment that is naturally cold and industrial transforms Carriageworks in a unique way.

Katharina Grosse
Katharina Grosse
Katharina Grosse

images used courtesy of Koenig Galarie