AIR's Alanna Heiss and Will Corwin speak with artist and actor James Franco, whose 2010 exhibition at AIR's Clocktower Gallery, The Dangerous Book Four Boys, is the artist's first solo exhibition.
Heiss speaks to what first attracted her to Franco's work and why she decided upon his work to be the subject of the first solo show at Clocktower. Franco speaks to his attraction to the numerous media with which he works--not just visual artistic media, but also acting and writing--and the artists and ideas that most acutely provoked him toward the work on display in his Clocktower exhibition--most of which artists are as untied to any genre or media as he is.
In addressing the exhibit, Franco broaches many of the topics explored in his work, such as narrative, domesticity, violence and sexuality, as well as his interests in experimenting with the pliability of archetypes and tradition. As further tantalization, he also offers candid assessments of his own work and the stories and creative impetuses behind his it--including the origins of Dicknose, America's latest sweetheart.