Frank on Franco: "Psycho Nacirema" at Pace Gallery London

05.06.2013
James Franco (photo: dpa)
James Franco (photo: dpa)

Guess what? I emptied my judgmental mind in an effort to form an entirely clean slate and—it still sucked. When I entered the gallery, the impossibly good-looking artist breezed by, grabbed my arm while looking into my eyes, and said hello as if an old acquaintance; but I still wasn't swayed.

The mise-en-scene was a pastiche set of "Psycho" with the androgynous actor playing Janet Leigh in a series of filmic recreations amidst rooms of blood stained installations and sloppy bad bad-paintings. He sure is in drag an awful lot, perhaps a stint on a Monty Python rehash beckons. The overall aesthetic is east village abortion clinic after a tornado, or a cheesy cliché of the 1980 Times Square show by Colab. Or Courtney Love's bedroom on a Saturday night (another fine, fine artist).  ... weiterlesen

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