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Looking Through A Window - Scream Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION of work by London artist Bruce French, entitled Looking Through A Window, is on display at the Scream Gallery in Bruton Street from December 4, 2007 to January 8, 2008.

French’s visual and autobiographical diaries express mass emotion through the simplest lines of oil, charcoal, pencil, print and space. Faceless, hedonistic images reflect the challenges of life, love and death in the contemporary world. And he expresses the human form in a raw, natural state, exploring the everyday prostitution of the self both as voyeur and subject.

French has worked professionally as a stage designer in the creatively charged world of theatre, ballet and concerts – work that meant he was frequently on the road. However, when Ronnie Wood suggested he draw and paint from his hotel room in order to be more productive on his travels, little did he realise that it would set off a chain of work which culminated in French producing this show.

Also at Scream – on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm, from December 6 to December 20 – The Betsey Group will be performing five shows entitled Private Scenes in Public Places.

The Betsy Group was initially formed by a group of actors wanting to explore the craft of living truthfully under imaginary circumstances in public places. The actors, therefore, explore the spontaneity of communication by recreating private moments – for example, a couple in a fight – using the moment-to-moment Meisner Technique.

The Betsey Group performers include actors Philippa Cooper, Jonathan Reuben, Alexander Newland, Anton Saunders, Lucia Giannecchini and Ruth Spivey who, between them, have appeared in Wire in the Blood, Cracker, Gangster Number One, Murphey’s Law, Casualty, Measure for Measure, Quadrophenia, Romeo and Juliet and Anthony and Cleopatra.

Donation of £3.

Scream Gallery, 34 Bruton Street, London, W1.