Night Horse examines the powerful currents between horses as they negotiate consent and desire during mating season. The viewer is drawn inside the kinetic swirl of the herd where hooves, flicking tails, and outstretched limbs offer an intimate encounter across the species divide. Shot in the heat of a February summer’s night, on the artist’s birthday, the charged atmosphere is palpable.
Modern equine reproduction is now often a supervised insemination process, or between a mare and stallion who are performing on cue. Night Horse captures a rarely seen ritualised courtship, where the protagonists experience heightened states of being ‘for themselves’. Gebhardt says, “The images are raw, showing the mess of body fluids and muscle, giving vivid dimensions to the physical language of the body as an archive of story, to suggest a dramatic arc in horse terms.”
Image: AMOS GEBHARDT Crest 2019, archival inkjet pigment print, 122 x 163 cm, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Tolarno Galleries presents Amos Gebhardt‘s Night Horse at Sydney Contemporary art fair, Carriageworks, 12 – 15 September 2019.
Amos Gebhardt is an artist whose works have a cinematic scale, challenging normative notions of humanness by examining intersections between culture, nature and the body. Gebhardt maps both human and non-human narratives using techniques of collage, dance, slow motion and time lapse to frame large scale, multi-screen video installations and photographs.
The new photography series Night Horse examines the powerful currents between horses as they negotiate consent and desire during mating season. The work places the viewer inside the kinetic swirl of the herd where hooves, flicking tails, and outstretched limbs offer an intimate encounter across the species divide. The horses move from solid, muscular shapes to traces of light that merge with the dusty atmosphere. The photographs thus progress towards a presence beyond the body, to a thinness of form that suggests the ephemeral nature of being.
Amos Gebhardt will also present a lecture as part of the Writing and Concepts series, 4.30pm Sunday 15 September as part of Talks Contemporary at Carriageworks.