Spaghetti Western opens the second Friday of Sundance. It’s a two-person show with artists James Georgopoulos and Dale Livezey. In this exploration of western landscape and films, Georgopoulos’ larger-than-life resin-coated silver gelatin photographs of Western cinema guns (and film cameras) abut Dale Livezey’s luminous oil paintings of sublime sunset and sunrise landscapes.
As writer Rick Newby remarked, “Montana painter Dale Livezey is a poet of dusk and of daybreak. He is drawn to the swiftly changing light, the intensities of color that come at sunset and at dawn. . . There is a contemplative, almost prayerful quality to Livezey’s dramatic and serene evocations of real, and wholly imagined, places at their most striking.” It’s art to ride off into the sunset to.
Juxtaposed against the landscapes are Georgopoulos’ stark portraits of prop guns and film cameras– those game changers of movies and lives. Iconic Colts and Winchesters used in such films as The Outlaw Josey Wales, and The Quick and the Dead as well as film cameras, including the one used to shoot Michael Jackson’s 1983 Thriller stand against solid backgrounds. In this contemporary pop art portrait, the subject is presented apart from its heavy cultural context, and becomes simply a beautiful object. The result is raw, elegant, and powerful.