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 nickel, 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.
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, Noguchi and contemporary innovators such as Virgil Abloh, to name a few. Randy and Cindy are passionate about Midcentury Modern architecture and modernist landscaping. They are avid 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
Minimalism drives my aesthetic.
Less, as they say, is more.
Partnering with architects and patrons to design into a specific space is one of my passions. I am driven by an innate need to produce things that have never been seen before.
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.
MODFOUNTAIN exists to create thase experiences for everyone.