Castor is pleased to present GUT-BRAIN, Grace Woodcock’s debut London solo show which examines the gut’s role as the original brain, 1960s space-age aesthetic and soft furnishing.
Peristaltic waves of desire ripple through Grace Woodcock’s layered sculptures. Immersed within a 1960s-style sunken living room (first called ‘conversation pits’), the fleshy colour scape and pod-like environment of GUT-BRAIN gently shifts our focus inward. Woodcock’s pieces are simultaneously architectural and evoke bodily intimacy in immediate and more hidden ways. The works are a pristine expression of form, precisely designed and constructed with materials such as foam, silicone, Perspex and steel. However, the layers are subtly hijacked with traces of spirulina, pro and prebiotics and zinc oxide, charging them with organic energy as if they were live tissue. Both sleek and sensual, Woodcock’s sculptures capture the tension between texture and form, the artificial and the organic, control and desire.
Castor is thrilled to present the first exhibitions at the new-look gallery following a major expansion over the summer. The gallery is now set across two interlinking spaces having taken over a neighbouring unit, almost doubling the total exhibition space.