Sahib, Prem
Prem Sahib’s practice includes sculpture, painting, installation and live events. Their works are characterised by a precise and minimal aesthetic and themes of intimacy, desire and community. Sahib is interested in the reciprocal relationship between people, objects and space. User_06, 2017, is part of a body of work nicknamed ‘sweat panels’, the earliest of which date from 2012. In this series of work, aluminium sheets are hand-painted with resin droplets suggestive of a natural or bodily response, such as condensation or perspiration, treating the hard industrial surface as skin. Sahib is interested in conveying contact and movement across a pictorial plane, eliciting a sense of physical encounter with the viewer. As these apparent drops of moisture cover the surface, the sculpture suggests the perplexing notion of an industrial material displaying bodily attributes or touch. Aligned with Sahib’s overall exploration of the emotional and physical using economy of material and form, the sweat panels capture the transient experience of being within and looking at bodies.
  • Artwork Details: 100 x 80 x 2.3cm
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  • Material description: Aluminium, resin
  • Credit line: © the artist. Image courtesy of the artist and Southard Reid, London
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  • Accession number: ACC3/2020



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