Rooftop Sessions highlights some of Southern California’s most inspired talents by offering an exhibition platform to Los Angeles based artists and curators of all disciplines. For the second installment of Rooftop Sessions, Siren Studios is proud to present mixed media phenomena James Georgopoulos. The show will be curated by William Turner Gallery Director Robert Brander, and Directed by founder of The Art Reserve Eli Consilvio. Proceeds from the event will benefit 501 (c) 3 non-profit The Art of Elysium.
For his latest journey, Hollywood Arsenal, Georgopoulos combines unique and extremely large silver gelatin prints with elegant multi-layered fields of acrylic paint. These meticulous and painstakingly produced prints are created in a mural darkroom, and each image often combines many layers of individually toned and processed fiber based prints which are then layered and trimmed to create a unique, seamless, and extraordinarily powerful artistic statement.
Georgopoulos has amassed Hollywood’s most notorious arsenal in one location. He has photographed famous cinematic guns along with a selection of motion picture cameras used to record some of the most celebrated film and television shows ever made. The guns shown include those used by Al Pachino in SCARFACE, Lady Gaga in the music video for “Born This Way,” John Travolta in PULP FICTION, Clint Eastwood in DIRTY HARRY, Arnold Schwarzenegger in TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY, John Malkovich in RED, Angelina Jolie in SALT, and others.
In today’s culture, the camera and gun have developed synonymous characteristics, which Georgopoulos explores. Both symbolize strength and integrity, and have the ability to protect and take away freedoms; they can alter history, and have the power to threaten and destroy lives. They can lead to success, money and power; but are merely tools used to accomplish these ends at the hands of an operator. Georgopoulos challenges the viewer to examine their relationship with the entertainment industry, gun culture and the exposure that comes with fame and power.
Georgopoulos has worked with luminaries such as 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 and will be featured at the 2011 Art Basel in Miami.
Saturday, November 12, 2011, 7:00pm – 11:00pm
6063 W. Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028