James Georgopoulos Bears His Arms
On Thursday March 29, 2012, Guy Hepner Contemporary will open James Georgopoulos’ latest body of work entitled Second Amendment from 7 – 10pm. The reception will be held at Hepner’s West Hollywood location on. Georgopoulos will be showing his latest, large scale, mixed media works of notorious guns and cameras from iconic film and television shows.
Georgopoulos continues to explore his interest in popular culture’s fascination with firearms and its attraction to the movie industry. Georgopoulos’ works are challenging the typical philosophical and political arguments on whether people should be allowed the right to possess weapons for defensive and/or recreational purposes. By displaying these objects in such a beloved manner; centered, surrounded by color and encased, is Georgopoulos sharing in society’s obsession with weapons and cinema? Regardless, in his latest body of work, Georgopoulos shows off his painstaking attention to detail and proficient skills in photography, printing, painting and resin work. Georgopoulos continues to do everything by hand without the assistance of an automated machine or teams of assistants. His seven by four foot, high-gloss, large scale transformations of iconic guns and cameras, allows the viewer the chance and the right to bear arms safely and responsibly.
The selected group of works in this show are guns used by; Steve McQueen in The Getaway; Denzel Washington in The Book of Eli; Vin Diesel in xXx; Al Pacino in Scarface; Samuel L. Jackson from Pulp Fiction; and Big Pussy’s Glock from The Sopranos. Film cameras shown, in the same treatment, from; Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, Mel Gibson’s Apcolypto, Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino and David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia.
This is Georgopoulos’ first exhibition with Guy Hepner Contemporary and his fourth exhibition in Los Angeles. James Georgopoulos has worked with luminaries Oliver Stone, Zack Snyder, Richard Branson, and Eddie Sotto at Disney Imagineering. He spearheaded design for Al Gore’s network facilities at Current TV, and the former Vice President has championed his work. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally.
The piece pictured above is entitled Tony Soprano. It is the actual gun that James Gandolfini used to shoot Big Pussy in the HBO series, The Sopranos. Below are additional pieces that will be included in the show.