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0 July 6th, 2010 The New Yorker on GH’s “Francophrenia”!

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The New Yorker’s, Dana Goodyear has a very interesting  read now available online on her take on James Franco’s, artist whose canvas is murder, “Franco’s,” art show. The art exhibit called, Francophrenia is the center piece for the upcoming art show/suspense scenes on General Hospital. Here are a few excerpts on Goodyear’s Francophrenia experience at Soap at MOCA exhibit in the Pacific Design’s Center’s Musuem of Contemporary Art, which served as the backdrop for these pivotal moments on GH!

New Yorker: “Franco—rather, “Franco”—has come to Los Angeles, according to the script, in the hope that the object of his fascination, a Mafia hit man whose murder skills he admires, will follow him. Pay attention to me! “Franco” is saying.  Franco” arranges a show called “Francophrenia” in a large outdoor plaza at the Pacific Design Center. In it, he re-creates, among other things, the scenes of his previous art installations: his gallery in Port Charles, the fictional New York town where “General Hospital” takes place; and his studio, where he once imprisoned a woman in a Lucite box and threatened to kill her in the name of art.  There was no one who was not confused. The suspiciously handsome men wearing tool belts and white gloves and T-shirts that said “Museum Staff” who were hanging abstract paintings on the Port Charles sets: actors. An onlooker explained that, two nights earlier, a show of performance and installation art by “James Franco, the human being” had opened at the Clocktower Gallery in New York.  Across the plaza, three “General Hospital” staffers walked by another installation—an old-timey gas station, with a robin’s-egg-blue Thunderbird parked out front—and asked, “Is this part of MOCA?” No, it wasn’t. It was a piece of “Franco” ’s art that “he” had made especially for the exhibition.”

So it all seems a bit confusing, but as told to On-Air On-Soaps in our recent interview with James, it is all in the name of art!

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