|Actor, stand-up comedian|
and carpenter James Amos
In 1776, Amos plays proud Scotsman and Delaware delegate, Col. Thomas McKean. Despite keeping a busy schedule of theatre performances and stand-up comedy, Amos is also a freelance carpenter. He helped build set designer Chris Sheley's colonial American set for 1776, in addition to the gorgeous Art Deco set designed by Tom Ward for The Women.
In the gallery, I see that the crates themselves are a work of art--customized to house this specific show with a foam-cushioned slot for each specific work. The paintings and prints are grouped by size and crate capacity.
Says Amos of designing the shipping boxes, "it was definitely a graph paper-intensive project. Compared to the planning, the hammering and nailing was the easy part."
Here's a quick Flickr slideshow of the show getting packed into Amos's custom-built crates before traveling on. And here's my favorite interior shot of a partially packed shipping crate which will house some of Lobato's mid-sized work.
Hand-built crates awaiting the final Emilio Lobato works before shipment
The exhibition was developed and curated by Tariana Navas-Nieves. Grant funding from WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation) and NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) made it possible for the show to travel to other western museums. Lobato's mid-career retrospective moves next to Arizona from its critically acclaimed debut here at the FAC.
Here's the complete exhibition travel schedule.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center | Colorado Springs, CO
March 5 – May 15, 2011
Sedona Arts Center | Sedona, AZ
June 3 – 29, 2011
Schneider Museum of Art | Ashland, OR
September 29 – December 9, 2011
Montana Museum of Art and Culture | Missoula, MT
October 5 – December 12, 2012
-Becca Sickbert, New Media Manager