28th November 2013 - 19th January 2014
Proud Chelsea is pleased to present 1963: The Year of the Revolution, a collaborative photographic exhibition of work by Brian Duffy, Terry O’Neill and Eric Swayne among others. It celebrates the release of a book of the same title by Robin Morgan and Ariel Leve.
1963 saw an extraordinary collision between politics and culture that resulted in a massive social upheaval. In America Bob Dylan was emerging as the poster boy of the revolution, writing songs that would become the soundtrack to the civil rights movement. Dylan was there in Washington when Martin Luther King told the world "I have a dream" electrifying all who listened. In the UK, Beatlemania was taking hold and their music was receiving both commercial and critical success. It was also the year that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards cut their first record as The Rolling Stones and began to build a following who wanted something harder and sexier than what they had heard before. The rise of the Youthquake movement meant for the first time in history these rebellious youths became a commercial and cultural force with the power to command the attention of government and religion which could shape society.
Duffy, O’Neill and Swayne defined the image of this movement with their revolutionary style of photography. Their popularity amongst the in-crowd of 1960’s London gave them a rare insight and allowed them to powerfully document London when it was at the height of cool. Their photographs became a testament to the cultural dynamism of the era in which they were taken. Dominating the London photographic scene and constantly pushing each other to new limits they photographed the 60’s scenesters who transcended their class and background and re-wrote history in remarkable and fascinating ways.
More than five decades on we are still seeing the influence of the changes that 1963 had on the world.
We invite you to come and join us in celebrating this exceptional year of hope and hostility that came to define a generation.
3rd December - 9th December 2013
To mark the 10th anniversary of the Kaiser Chiefs' first performance, Proud Camden is thrilled to present Start The Future Without Me. The exhibition will showcase the original art work produced by cross-media / multi platform visual artist Ross Neil for the album 'The Future Is Medieval'. The exhibition will be launched at Proud Camden and will feature a DJ performance from lead singer Ricky Wilson.
Ross Neil met the Kaiser Chiefs through mutual acquaintances and the band were quickly impressed by his artistic prowess. In preparation for the release of their fourth album, the Kaiser Chiefs asked him to create a painting for each track on the record which would be used as the album artwork. An experiment in reinvigorating the relationship between music and artwork for the internet generation, these paintings took on a life of their own - caricatures of the songs they would represent. Ross said he would "find defining features [of the songs] and magnify them. Sometimes subtly, sometimes grotesquely". Each of the paintings echoes the energy and satirical tone that the band has become so well known for. Ricky Wilson has said of the project; “We wanted this project to be personal; not only for us but also for the fans. It was important that they felt a connection with the album making the experience more special at the end of it, rather than just buying something readymade”.
Released on a wave of excitement, 'The Future Is Medieval' achieved Top 10 status - the band's fourth charted album in six years and saw them pick up Q's 'Innovation In Sound' award and the 'Best Artist Promotion' award at BT Digital Awards along the way.
The exhibition at Proud Camden will be the first time all the images will be displayed together and available these original paintings will be for sale, making this show a must see for any Kaiser Chiefs fan or art enthusiast.
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