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Prem Sahib, Night Flies, 2013, crash mat, spray-painted wood, pint glass with water, 33 7/8 x 74 3/4 x 51 1/8".

Prem Sahib

Southard Reid

Prem Sahib, Night Flies, 2013, crash mat, spray-painted wood, pint glass with water, 33 7/8 x 74 3/4 x 51 1/8".

The prelude to Prem Sahib’s recent exhibition “Night Flies” was “Bump,” a kind of buzzing pop-up club that opened one summer evening and remained until the wee hours. Having used the Southard Reid gallery, normally closed in August, as a studio that month, he then transformed the space into a private club for a single night. He created a blue-lit chill-out room on the ground floor, and wall-to-wall tan carpet covered the upstairs room, which was also fitted out with a large revolving mirror ball; the rear office became a crowded bar.

However, rather than taking the raging party, or even the inevitable post-party chaos, as its subject, the exhibition itself projected a certain detachment, even ennui. In Sahib’s vision, it was intended as a “hangover.” At the entrance stood a skinny, John McCracken–like rectangular column covered with black square bathroom tiles, Crew Cut (all works

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