During the 1970s Town made several series of works on paper in which he uses a variety of media to explore the wide range of ideas and associations that can be evoked by the manipulation of style. Inspired by an antique rocking horse, his Toy Horse series has a fairy-tale quality—but a fairy tale for grown-ups. Toy Horse No. 184 evokes a nightmare atmosphere, as the horse’s anatomy transforms into abstracted machine forms. The horse is frozen in mid-gallop, and our eyes linger with fascination—and repulsion at the strange growths that invade its anatomy.