James Franco is out to convince us he's not just an actor who may or may not be stoned all the time —as if enrolling in five of the top colleges on the east coast weren't enough. In his first solo exhibition, “The Dangerous Book Four Boys” opening today at Clocktower Gallery, Franco explores the media aimed at young boys and sexual confusion during adolescence. Erica Orden of the Wall Street Journal writes of the show:
Short films focus on demolition, showing burning or bullet-riddled structures like a plastic toy home or a large wooden rocket (the exhibition contains originals or replicas of these). Another work explores a romantic encounter between “Star Trek” characters Spock and James T. Kirk.
Will it be any good? According to Alanna Heiss, founder and former director of PS1 and the show’s curator, chances are yes. “I think he’s going to be a visionary artist for his generation,” she recently told the Wall Street Journal. We’re thinking Magda Sawon of Postmasters Gallery in Chelsea thinks differently though: “If someone is in desperate need of a crossover film/art/fashion stars” she chirps over twitter, “kindly google Tilda Swinton and delete your Franco”