AO On Site – New York: James Franco, Tobias Wong, Frédéric Beigbeder, Aaron Young and Daniel Firman at CoSTUME NATIONAL through October 10, 2012

September 16th, 2012

James Franco Costume National New No Dark Wave
Photograph by James Franco

CoSTUME NATIONAL opened its “NEW NO DARK WAVE” exhibition, featuring a film installation and photographs by James Franco, as well as work by Tobias Wong, Frédéric Beigbeder, Aaron Young and Daniel Firman.


Exterior View

The concept for the show is based on the perception/reality duality, inspired by designer Ennio Capasa’s dark, geometric Fall 2012 collection. The curator, Natacha Polaert, says in an Interview Magazine article that “It gave this almost parallel reality that was not what it appeared to be”.


Daniel Firman, Linda, 2012. Resin, clothes.  177 x 36 x 42 cm / 69 3/4 x 14-1/4 x 16-1/2 inches. Unique. Image courtesy of Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong & Paris


James Franco, New Film Still #58, 2012.

Franco’s video work is an interpretation of what the 40 minutes of cut footage from the Al Pacino fim Cruising, might have contained. (The 1980 film was cut down just to obtain an R rating). The photographs stylistically recall Cindy Sherman’s work, with Franco as part of a narrative, dressed in drag.

Tobias Wong Casper 2003
Tobias Wong, Casper, 2003


Installation view

James Franco Costume National New No Dark Wave
Photograph by James Franco

James Franco Costume National New No Dark Wave
Installation View

James Franco Costume National New No Dark Wave
Installation View

The exhibition is at 150 Greene Street, through October 10.

-F. Sanchez