The Wild Ones by Nick Berkeley – Suede Photography Exhibition at the Strand
Following the recent 20 year anniversary of their startling artistic high point ‘Dog Man Star’, Suede are to be celebrated in an upcoming photography exhibition entitled The Wild Ones, a unique collection of unseen limited edition prints of ‘90s icons Suede at the Strand Gallery in London between the 18th of December and the 4th of January. Pre-dating Bernard Butler’s departure from the band, 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.
“Multimedia artist Nick Berkeley had been interested in utilising iconic gig imagery for some time and the (Love & Poison) 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.”