© Nick Berkeley
Looking for a cultural treat to act as antidote to the current frenzy of festive foraging? If you’re looking to escape from the crowds, anxieties about what to buy for a host of rarely seen relatives, and the general Christmas rush, then head along to The Strand Gallery for The Wild Ones: The Official Suede Exhibition. Helmed by multimedia artist Nick Berkeley, the exhibition is a medley of unique images of '90s Brit Pop icons Suede that have been mined from their now legendary Brixton Academy concert in May 1993.
The exhibition is made up of a collection of arresting images taken from Love & Poison, directed by WIZ, which was a filmed record of the gig. Working with this material, Nick isolated certain frames as the basis for his images, to which he applied his distinctive lush aesthetic: the images capture the dizzying burst of stage lights, a face turned from the microphone, Brett Anderson looking out over the crowd. There’s something incredibly tactile and evocative about the images, which make you feel that you’re part of the crowd, watching the band on-stage with that familiar rush of exhilaration that comes from seeing some of your favourite tracks brought to life. The exhibition’s photographic prints are signed by both the artist and band members Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler, and are a fitting tribute to a band who burst onto the UK music scene 20 years ago that continues to delight and inspire.
Suede: The Wild Ones | Nick Berkeley launches this Thursday (18th Decemder) at The Strand Gallery, London, and runs until the 4th January. The Strand Gallery is located at 32 John Adam Street (Tube: Charing Cross / Embankment), open between 11am and 6pm, and offers free admission. For more information, visit their website or call 0207 839 4942.