Sasha Fraser


September, to me, is all about the new: new school year, a new season and now, a new exhibition from Photographer-Director Dean Chalkley and Creative Director Ciaran O’Shea from Studio Discordo.

I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch night (back in September) of ‘Reverberation’ at the Book Club in Shoreditch, a vibrant venue: perfect for housing this 17-piece collection. The collection is a good fit for The Book Club and somehow manages to look like it’s been here all along, all the exhibits exude the same kind of ‘coolness’ you’d expect to find in Shoreditch.

Every single piece is beautiful; the pieces utilising colour, are the most breathtaking. Here we have art you could stare at for hours, and still find something of interest whilst wondering how these striking images were achieved.

Inspired by The Beatles seminal album Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, it’s endearing to learn that all of the subjects are friends of Chalkley and O’Shea, taking the renowned track ‘little help from my friends’ quite literally. I must admit, I didn’t immediately spot the connections between the collection and its inspiration, but I found that part of the charm was trying to work out the (mostly) abstract connections. I did also try to see if I could spot any of the subjects, but failed miserably!

Overall, the exhibition is an imaginative burst of modern, but with a convincingly retro feel. The stand out piece for me was ‘Present’ an amalgamation of past and present, but there are a good few others, I’d happily hang proudly in my South London flat.

Reverberation runs until 5th November 2017 at The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Steet, London EC2A 4RH.