Suspended sculpture for The Maven Hotel, Denver, Colorado. Photo credit: Andrew Bordwin Photography
Photo credit: Tom Kimmell Photography, 2016
GoPro shot of "All Colors Bleed To Red" in progress. © Andrew Ramiro Tirado, 2012
Chatting with a visitor during the unveiling of "Open Hand" at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Photo credit: Esther Chang.
Photo credit: Bryan Oller, courtesy Downtown Partnership 2014
Still from Gazette video "New Downtown Art", by Gram Kraus-Lyons, showing Lacuna being installed in the Plaza of the Rockies in downtown Colorado Springs for the 2014 - '15 Art On The Streets Exhibition.
Assistants (L to R) Niels Davis, AG Werschky, and Henry (Hank) Weaver installing the kinetic steel piece Open Hand in the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, August, 2014.
The less developed drawing at the top is of each digit's shape at the length determined by the more fleshed out drawing below, but rotated a 1/4 turn. © Andrew Ramiro Tirado 2012
Butcher paper's mid-tonality is ideal for quickly creating, with the addition of (white) conte and (black) charcoal, a rich value range. © Andrew Ramiro Tirado 2012
Here, the palm portion of Open Hand, a 19' kinetic piece created for (and, in part, within) the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center for my solo show "Open", in 2014, is being connected to a forearm section. © Andrew Ramiro Tirado 2014
Usually the glue up process is a bit nerve-racking, especially if one is working alone and needing to join a lot of surface area. Pva glue dries fairly rapidly, and it's typically nice to get at least a second set of hands to help with what can be the most time-sensitive part of a woodworking project. © Andrew Ramiro Tirado 2012
© Andrew Ramiro Tirado 2014
8' x 8' "Drawing #3 for Unfinished Sculptural Piece, 2014", a piece that might have been titled, "Nude Fingers Ascending...", being worked on in the very early morning hours, March, 2014. © Andrew Ramiro Tirado 2014
Open Hand, created partly in the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and partly in the studio, consisted of a plethora of parts. Here, multiple steel rods are being heated with an Roxy/acetylene rosebud and hammered on an anvil prior to drilling, grinding, and attaching to each finger's "backbone". © Andrew Ramiro Tirado 2014
Seven thumbs, worked on during free time at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in July '12. Here they sit on the foot shear in the sculpture studio. © Andrew Ramiro Tirado 2013
A variety of tools and machines are used to create the sculptural work, from table saw to band saw to hand drill to the Dazuki, a Japanese back saw.
My "Open" show at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center initially consisted of eight large-scale, mixed media drawings. Here, Henry (Hank) Weaver (right) and I are moving "Drawing #7 for unfolding sculptural piece, 2014" into place within the El Pomar Gallery, with my son, Nate, also assisting (left).
Still from Gram Kraus-Lyons' video "New Downtown Art" for the Colorado Springs Gazette, June, 2014.
Henry (Hank) Weaver taking finger parts from the studio to the nearby Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. © Andrew Ramiro Tirado 2014
"Compass" (foreground) "navigates" to a new gallery at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center after "Open" closes, on loan courtesy private collectors. © Andrew Ramiro Tirado 2014
Working or preparatory full-scale drawing for "All Colors Bleed To Red". © Andrew Ramiro Tirado 2012