It's hard to discern whether James Franco is straight-up cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, or the most multi-talented actor to ever smack us with his Hollywood presence. Either way, we love his batsh*t bonkers ways (not that you need 'em, but examples, here
, and here
). You could even call him a Rebel Without A Cause, non?
Fittingly, his latest foray into the art world, Rebel
, pays an oddball homage to the 1955 James Dean flick.
JF has always had a fascination with the icon, and even portrayed him in a TNT movie years ago, snagging his first Golden Globe for it. He says, "I was always told that I look like James Dean — well, after I got braces for my buckteeth and went through puberty." So, all things considered, it's no shocker that James drummed up the concept for this wacky warehouse-style display with several other edgy artists (our favorite, Ed Ruscha, included). Since the mid-century motion picture explored so many taboo topics, you can expect to see some electrifying works
, including violent videos, sexual sculptures, and some pretty profound fixtures by the actor himself, too — there's even a motorcycle floating in a pool! We highly suggest any fans of this classic screen gem, historical heartthrob, or modern day radical, hit this show for a trippy treat. And even if you're not jonesing for either
James, admission's free!
Tuesday, May 15 through Saturday, June 23; Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: J.F. Chen
, 941 North Highland Avenue (near Romaine Street).
Art: Harmony Korine
Featuring James Franco and Eddie Peel; Scored by Ho Ho Click and IO Echo
; 6 minutes, Digital video with sound; Photo courtesy of the artist