For his second solo show at Southard Reid, Sahib presents an installation involving the entirety of the gallery space. With a series of pared-down gestures, spatial, architectural and sculptural, the exterior and interior of the building are implicated into an open-ended scenario suggestive of absence and erasure, also muted discovery of the recently, perhaps still occupied. The façade is boarded up, bearing a fading neon, END UP, like the title of the show signaling not only closure but a potential arrival point. Inside the two floors are lined with minimal bench seating and new individual sculptural works.
Sahib has circulated the show’s poster in local magazines, Boyz and QX, creating the opportunity for the exhibition to exist as an undefined social space.
END UP engages with the closure of clubs in particular, stemming from pressure on spaces generally. It extends from his staging of BUMP in the gallery space in 2013, a one-off club night, remnants from which fed into Night Flies his show that followed. It is a continuation of his interest in encounter, the relationship between public and personal terrains, and the architecture and atmosphere of spaces that act as meeting places.
Prem Sahib was born in London in 1982. His solo show Side On is at the ICA, London until November 15th 2015. Other recent solo shows include, Forget Amnesia curated by Milovan Farronato and Haroon Mirza, Fiorucci Trust, Stromboli, 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 I am here but you've gone, curated by Milovan Farronato and Stella Bottai, 2015; Burning Down The House, Gwangju Biennale, Korea, 2014; Abstract Cabinet, David Roberts Foundation London, 2013; Days In Lieu, David Zwirner, London, 2013. Performances include Woman to Woman, Gallery Vela, London, 2012; Bijou, IBID Projects, London; and Darkroom with Eddie Peake, Vogue Fabrics, Take Courage London, 2011. Sahib lives and works in London.