My intent throughout my career as a sculptor is to bring large scale and monumental minimalist art/sculpture/fountains to the widest audience possible. To achieve this goal I primarily work in corten steel sheet which is similar to mild steel except that it's alloys include copper and chromium. These alloys protect the steel's iron and slows the rusting process, while resulting in gorgeous patinas. Corten is often used as architectural siding and in terms of sculpture is relatively low in cost allowing for procurement by a wider audience than traditional metal sculpture. The fountains I create are dramatic, compelling, scalable and instill a magnetic visceral connection with the viewer and the communities they live in. I've been told by Architects and Landscape Architects that they site my work because with or without water they are dramatic focal points that enhance their surroundings.
A 20 year veteran in steel sculpture, artist Randy Bolander’s commissioned works are held in numerous collections and have been featured in galleries and museums across the United States.
In 2003 Bolander co-founded and directed the West Edge Sculpture exhibition, WESE, staged in downtown Seattle; the largest independent sculpture exhibit in the Pacific Northwest. Through this 5 year endeavor and his 3 year commission with the Downtown Seattle Association to stage a winter holiday sculpture show, Bolander realized the direction he wanted to take his sculpture – interactive and accessible to a wider audience. “I became obsessed with designing the perfect fountain based on minimalist principles. The ideas just kept coming. One concept led to the next and before I knew it MODFOUNTAIN was born. By adhering to modern clean design, I was able to streamline the amount of materials, making modern sculpture available to a broader audience.”
Randy’s artistic influences are, Malevich, Chillida, Serra, Calder, Miro, and Noguchi to name a few. Randy and Cindy are passionate about Midcentury Modern architecture and modernist landscaping. They are advid collectors of Midcentury Modern furniture, have owned and renovated two midcentury homes incorporating Randy’s sculpture, trellises and fountains into the landscape design. Their Seattle home was included in the West Seattle Garden Tour and featured in the Seattle Times and Northwest Home and Garden magazine.
RANDY'S DESIGN AESTHETIC
As an artist, I feel free to work in any medium, though my main focus is steel round bar, corten and stainless steel sheet metal. When I first started to learn about metal fabrication, I very quickly became fascinated by the material and the ability to create organic shapes through the process of cold-bending and creating custom hydraulic tools.
I've become so in tune with the medium of steel round bar, that when I work with it, I sometimes become "one" in a Zen-like way with it. The material takes over and tells me how it wants to be worked, which results in unique and spontaneous compositions. This process results in what I consider my best work.
By its nature, sculpture, unlike painting can result in finished work that is very large and heavy, requiring special material handling equipment to move and transport. Therefore many sculptors limit their output of work, to projects received solely by commission.
I like the challenge of a commission, partnering with architects and collectors to design into a specific interior or exterior space. I am driven by a need to produce simple organic forms that can be placed in a garden or float from a ceiling, defying gravity and providing a dramatic focal point. Though the sculptures are not pure abstraction, they reflect my personal aesthetic and as I work on them, I hone my skills while exploring different avenues of art and fabrication.
I believe artists can change the world and can change your mind – creating a powerful combination of provocation and beauty. Art solicits an emotional response and creates conversation. Art creates community by connecting all of us as we immerse ourselves in the observation of art together. I designed MODFOUNTAINS to create that experience for everyone. We have all had that moment of walking down a street teeming with traffic and then entering a courtyard with a tranquil fountain, and feeling the sense of calm, immediately escaping from the hectic activities of daily life.