James Franco has been quite a busy man lately. In between acting, co-hosting the Oscars, directing and studying, he has just launched an exhibition called Unfinished, in collaboration with film director Gus Van Sant. The exhibition opened last Saturday at Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills.

Unfinished features the film My Own Private River, which was assembled by Franco and Van Sant and consists of footage and clips Van Sant shot before the movie My Own Private Idaho (1991), one of Franco’s favourite films. The unreleased footage and material that did not make it to the film’s final cut was edited and assembled to make My Own Private River. Franco and Van Sant started planning and working together on the project shortly after Franco was cast in Van Sant’s 2008 film Milk.

My Own Private River mainly consists of shots of River Phoenix (who played the character Mike), in his expressive yet unhibited action behind the lens. Seven artworks by Van Sant are also displayed at the exhibition. Using watercolour, charcoal and various brush techniques, Van Sant created vivid impressions of his incidental icons, in a varied palette of washed out tones and dense electric hues. Below are some of our favourites.

The exhibition runs at Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills until 9 April 2011.