Prem Sahib

Cuts, 2016


Limited edition glass vase 
Resin, Glass Bottle 31.5 x 8 x 8cm  
Edition of 35 (5 AP)




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About of artwork 

Prem Sahib's sculptures and installations are suggestive of human touch or bodily presence. Centrally, his practice is informed by the architectures and atmospheres of meeting places, particularly those used and accessed by gay communities: clubs, saunas, or cruising spots that create or facilitate proximity. In Cuts, 2016 Sahib turns indecent or unseemly remainders - urine filled bottles left by backdoors to bars or behind alleyway bins - into design objects, remodelled as flower vases. As always with Sahib's work, the simplicity of means and gesture issue multiple, contrasting associations.

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About the artist

Prem Sahib (b. London in 1982) lives and works in London. Upcoming solo exhibitions include; Lorcan O’Neill, Rome, Italy (Spring 2017); Prem Sahib in collaboration with Celia Hempton, Southard Reid, London, UK (Spring 2017) and Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany (Summer 2017). Recent solo exhibitions include; Cruising the House, curated by Milovan Farronato, residency at Inclusartiz Institute, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Grand Union, Grand Union, Birmingham, (2016); Side On, ICA, London andEND UP, Southard Reid, London (2015); performance and presentation of work made in Stromboli as part of Forget Amnesia curated by Milovan Farronato and Haroon Mirza, Fiorucci Trust, Italy, Tongues, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai (2014); Night Flies, Southard Reid, London, Back Chat, Lorcan O’Neill Gallery, Rome (2013); Home From Home, Arts & Jobs, London, He Looked Me Up, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam, and FEEL UP in collaboration with Eddie Peake, Southard Reid, London (2012). Group exhibitions include Prediction, curated by Milovan Farronato, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil, Secret Surface, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany and Thinking Tantra, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, India (2016); The Ultimate Vessel, Koppe Astner, Glasgow, UK, Sensorium, Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts, India, fig-2 25/50 in collaboration with Celia Hempton and Cecilia Bengolea, ICA Studio, London, UK, Britain Can Make It, Hayward Gallery, London, UK, I am here but you’ve gone, curated by Milovan Farronato and Stella Bottai, Fiorucci Art Trust, London, UK (2015); Burning Down The House, Gwangju Biennale, Korea, LISTENING, Hayward Touring Contemporary Open, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK, Do Not Disturb, At the Invitation of Elmgreen & Dragset, Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo, Norway (2014); Abstract Cabinet, David Roberts Foundation London, Days In Lieu, David Zwirner, London, (2013). Performances include Bijou, Grand Union, Birmingham (2016); Woman to Woman, Gallery Vela, London (2012); Bijou, IBID Projects, London, Vogue Fabrics, Take Courage London (2011).

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