Art Series

Stefan Blom

THE GREY GREY HORSE | 2016
Stefan Blom

‘the grey, grey horse’ forms the kinematic effigy of a horse. Its substantial structural armaments which elevates and holds the horse’s skull by bolstering and propping up its central shape and raising it, also forms a type construction situate in the otherwise pristine exhibition space by which the visual and cerebral experience of the equine statue starts with an appropriation, a suggestion for departure accompanied by the skull enhanced by virtual movement, while opening up a multitude of alternatives to the obvious narratives of static order and mortality.

The form, tilt and sweep of the body was fashioned accordingly to the narrow fringe between two wide spheres drawn nearly touching. Then forged from two mild steel bars joint one on top of the other by twenty, weigh distributive, stacked mild steel rectangles, while a further two merely connect the narrow tapering bars, becoming in essence four fronts (two on either side) completing the twenty-two, welded joinery and weightage system. Closer towards the counter leveled skull, these in addition to the bars being themselves progressively hollowed, allow for the considerable reduction of weight.

The cable-feed, two expansion spring and one tension spring system, consisting of three parts of whom two are moving, sliding effortlessly from side to side, allowing through cable displacement the skull to turn left and right, linking the cables to the cable controls lying loose on the floor. The spring system has the character of three 7,5 cm. wide vertebrae, emerging in perfect proportion from underneath the skull.

The first holds a steel ball with an internal tension spring and external cable-feed disk joined to its underside, avoiding the cable to bend when allowing the skull to curve downward. The medium-sized mild steel ball, though stark, mechanical and severe, forms a striking extension of the occipital crest and temporal bone of the skull. Handmade and full extended the body of the horse spans 127 cm. It weighs 13 kg. It is 30 cm high and 20 cm wide. It is possible to hold it in the arms where it would lay comfortable, elegant and surprisingly light. However, accidentally dropped, it formidably and horrendously whirls and spins, in its entirety uncontrollably.

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