The latest art installation by German artist Katharina Grosse embraces an entire warehouse, transforming its raw interior into a giant labyrinth of intense and bright colors. The modern art installation, titled “The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres, Then it Stopped” was created to the architecture of Sydney’s contemporary art center Carriageworks, conquering the industrial space with painted fabric.
The artist has used more than 8,000 square meters of fabric, draped and knotted and painted with a spray gun. Grosse has created a multilayered painting on the surfaces and folds of the fabric, resulting in a sublime and mysterious art environment.
‘It describes that moment when you go into the kitchen because you wanted to get the car keys, and then all of a sudden you don’t know why you are there… and in that moment you realise something else about yourself, something that you can’t describe; that you’re on this planet and that the scent in the air is beautiful; you are somewhere, going someplace, but then you halt; then you think “That’s what I’m doing”… and so that’s a little bit of what we are doing. It also refers to my absurd need for a really huge surface to paint on…”
The contemporary artist has challenged the conventions of painting in a new approach that is both epic and sculptural. She is compelled by the possibilities that painting holds, the space it can occupy in our lives, and the many ways in which it lives in the world. For her, painting is a way of both thinking and feeling that allows her to retain a sense of immediacy and urgency.