Katharina Grosse: The Horse Trotted Another Couple Of Metres, Then It Stopped

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Katharina Grosse, The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres Carriageworks 2018 photo credit: Zan Wimberley
Photograph: Zan Wimberley Katharina Grosse, The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres

Immerse yourself in a rainbow wonderland as this German artist envelopes the Carriageworks interior with 8250 square metres of painted fabric

You know it's summer when Carriageworks unveil their major foyer installation – and this year, they're continuing their collaboration with Melbourne's Anna Schwartz Gallery with a new commission from acclaimed German artist Katharina Grosse.

Grosse specialises in large-scale and immersive spray-painted works, in which she takes over urban and industrial environments and either paints directly onto their surfaces or drapes reams of fabric as the canvas for technicolour creations.

Commissioned to create a site-specific work for Carriageworks, the artist has draped the public space with 8250 square metres of suspended fabric, and then transformed this new canvas with spraypainted colour and visual effects.

In a 2016 interview for New York's Museum of Modern Art, she says, "Beauty is a very interesting form of intelligence that contributes to our ability to make sense of life. It’s not necessarily the visually pleasing that is beautiful; that’s why I think colour is so important – because it gets to you right away; it kind of gets into your senses before you know that you’re dealing with it."

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