NOWNESS: INSIDE JAMES FRANCO’S REBEL PART TWO
Part Two of Matt Black’s piece on the much-spoken-of art exhibition hosted by MOCA and curated by James Franco sees an talking through of the meaning of the mythology behind Rebel Without a Cause, and how it influenced the artist and actor in the creation of his first exhibition REBEL at JF Chen. This short video describes the behind-the-scenes stories becoming just as important an inspiration to Franco as the cult status and popular significance of the film itself as a statement of 50s youth counter-culture. Each piece fits together in the way a collage works on paper, while the videos stand alone as solitary statements as well. Arguably the most popular piece from the show, Harmony Korine’s nude-women BMX-gang machete fight is detailed in the second part of this two-part series.