Sarah Bernhardt: like all your favourite entries from the urban dictionary in a font you hate
2 - 31 August

Castor Projects is pleased to present Sarah Bernhardt’s first London solo show in the form of an evolving exhibition seen through daily updates on the gallery website.

The working title takes the crowdsourced online dictionary of slang as a starting point when discussing potential tensions and pressures exerted in the social and literal ‘body.’ The website’s millions of submissions, whilst often explicit, exhaustively detail the minutiae of sexual slang and colloquial speech, whilst the terms themselves frequently have multiple definitions attached. Although the dictionary has met accusations of profanity and offence, the site offers an unabridged and open submission process that is roundly democratic and often used in courts of law.

A significant number of the entries concern the body in the broadest sense; physical adjectives in their crudest forms and without the canonical status afforded by traditional dictionaries. Thus, language around the body is immediate and malleable; in this show Bernhardt will take aspects of gesture, regulation and redundancy to talk about the body as simultaneously social and intimate.

New site specific work will be made during the show, while the starting point will be Bernhardt’s ‘untitled;’ a series of looped films that were made by balancing contact lenses in what are commonly known as ‘glory holes.’ These spaces are both common pornographic tropes as well as appearing in clandestine social spaces for anonymous encounters. Stripped of any function they appear as the interface between the literal private body as well a framework for boundaries in public geography.

The show is open by appointment only and Bernhardt will update the gallery website daily with works in progress, installed pieces and research. Following the residency an editioned artist book is due to be published at the start of 2017.

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Installation View

Installation View

Untitled (detail) Shower door, steamer, volcano drawing in condensation Dimensions variable, 2016

Untitled (detail)
Shower door, steamer, volcano drawing in condensation
Dimensions variable, 
2016

Saddle with horse sweat marked by brazing flux Dimensions variables, 2016

Saddle with horse sweat marked by brazing flux
Dimensions variables, 2016

Untitled Vacuum seal bag, milk, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand 8.5 x 60 x 38 cm, 2016

Untitled
Vacuum seal bag, milk, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
8.5 x 60 x 38 cm, 2016

Castor Projects Editioned Robe Available in Medium and Large, Edition 10 + 2 AP, 2016

Castor Projects Editioned Robe
Available in Medium and Large, Edition 10 + 2 AP, 2016

Voicemail messages and samples collated from crowd sourced lyrics Acetone transfer on wall Dimensions variable, 2016

Voicemail messages and samples collated from crowd sourced lyrics
Acetone transfer on wall
Dimensions variable, 2016

Voicemail messages and samples collated from crowd sourced lyrics Acetone transfer on wall Dimensions variable, 2016

Voicemail messages and samples collated from crowd sourced lyrics
Acetone transfer on wall
Dimensions variable, 2016

Tally Cuts to gallery wall marking paint residue from past shows, dead moths from artist’s flat pressed into wall 9.7 x 16 cm, 2016

Tally
Cuts to gallery wall marking paint residue from past shows, dead moths from artist’s flat pressed into wall
9.7 x 16 cm, 2016