Though he still has much to do, Andy Tirado
says that the final piece of his exhibit at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
will be finished "one way or another" by Sept. 14. (The show closes Sept. 28).
The subject of one of the stories
in our Fall Arts Preview
, Tirado has been working for months, often in the gallery that displays his 2D works, on a final sculpture for his show, Open
When I visited him earlier in the summer, he was just beginning to start the skeleton structure for the piece, which at the time he described as an articulated hand. He had built several prototypes already, and had only recently settled on the one that he found would work best. He wouldn't divulge much else, though, since it was very much a work in process, which was made possible by the help of his two summer assistants, Hank Weaver
and Niels Davis.
Watch out for more updates, and in the meantime, enjoy this recent, positive review
from Denver Post
art critic Ray Mark Rinaldi
, who said this of Open
This show is an experiment in the making. In the center of the gallery, as viewers watch, he is building a gargantuan model of hand out of steel straps. It will be 44-feet long by the time he is done. If all goes well, it will move somehow, spinning or contracting. He's making it up as he goes and the clock is ticking on getting it done.
There's some suspense and plenty of entertainment value in the process, which is an added attraction to the show already on the walls. There's absolutely no guarantee the thing will look good, or even work. But we get to watch him build his giant robot arm right before our eyes.
Here are some shots I took during that gallery visit, illustrating his process: