When MOCA approached Commonwealth Projects to take on Rebel, we were thrilled. The opportunity to bridge art and the Hollywood legacy in one exhibition fit perfectly with our creative endeavors. With Rebel Without a Cause and James Dean as a point of departure, we were able to explore the phenomenon of Hollywood social life, teen angst, and the sensationalized death that birthed a legend. The concepts of meta-rendition that James Franco put forth had us envisioning a space that blurred the lines between art and artifice. The structures we designed take influence from and replicate the infamous hotel where the social dynamic behind the film played out — The Chateau Marmont. The fabrication of these quasi-film set designs created another layer of meaning: our participation in the meta-meta-James’ world wasn’t just the production of the exhibition, but part of the work itself.