We’ve all been taught that corn syrup is pure evil—basically, diabetes in liquid form. Medical professionals have linked overconsumption of sugary foods to rising rates of obesity, metabolic disorders, and, of course, diabetes. Many believe we should avoid the stuff at all costs. James Franco disagrees.
The actor-turned-artist recently acquired gallons of corn syrup to use as an artistic medium, mimicking ceramic glaze. Except, unlike the rest of us, Franco wasn’t glazing lopsided mugs he made in a weekend pottery class. He was glazing humans.
The fruit of his labor is this video for Sotheby’s newest exhibition, Glazed: The Legacy of the Della Robbia—a mesmerizing, viscerally uncomfortable exercise in slo-mo.