The Wild Ones, The Official Suede Exhibition, The Strand Gallery

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The Strand Gallery is delighted to present The Wild Ones by multimedia artist Nick Berkeley; a unique collection of unseen limited edition prints of ‘90s Brit Pop legends Suede. This gritty and often raucous collection has been meticulously captured, treated and reproduced from a film of their legendary concert in May 1993 at The Brixton Academy.

Suede’s zenith was in the early ’90s when the band unleashed a tidal wave of prodigious musical power and intelligence. Love & Poison, directed by WIZ, is a testament to their incendiary live performances. Nick had been interested in utilising iconic gig imagery for some time and the WIZ footage had been posted online by fans. This proved to be a fertile starting point. Working with downloaded files afforded Nick a degree of immediacy and freedom in deconstructing the material, applying his trademark lush aesthetic in the process.

The resulting photographic prints, signed by the artist and band members Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler, morph analogue and digital technology in a unique series of re-imaginings. The photographs are at once crude and sublime, reflecting their sweaty, romantic origins.

Despite it being over 20 years since Suede descended on the British music scene to be proclaimed by Melody Maker as “the best new band in Britain”, they continue to be relevant and inspire. The Strand Gallery is thrilled to bring you this unique collection, celebrating the genesis of the band that reinvented and repackaged glam with aggression, controversy and charm.

 

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