bio/statement 
randy bolander
a m e r i c a n   s c u l p t o r 

Contact Info

27 Blenheim Lane
Centerport, New York 11721

info@randybolander.com
www.randybolander.com
info@modfountain.com
www.modfountain.com

Tel. 206.334.5040


 Bolander's commissioned works are held in numerous private collections and have been featured in galleries and museums. Randy has over 25 years of experience as an Artist and Sculptor. He has worked in various mediums; paintings, collage and mixed media assemblages before moving into metal sculpture. His process includes cold bending solid steel round bar and engineering complex modernist steel water sculpture from corten and stainless steel.

In 2003, Bolander, Ulrich and Pamela Pakker, Billy King and a small group of local artists and community activists co-founded the West Edge Sculpture Exhibition (WESE) which featured the rotating work of contemporary Seattle sculptors. He continued as its director through 2008.  Staged in downtown Seattle, WESE is the largest independent sculpture exhibit ever held in the Pacific Northwest.

In 2008, Bolander accepted a three-year commission to stage a sculpture show on the downtown Seattle waterfront.  During this time Bolander honed his skills in metalworking and realized the direction he wanted to take his sculpture—interactive and accessible to a broader audience. 

In 2013 he created MODFOUNTAIN and launched his modernist water features at the ASLA Landscape Architects conference in 2013 to critical acclaim. His MODfountains have been included as  focal points in major commercial and residential projects across the U.S. including; Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Newport Beach, West Palm Beach, Salt Lake City and Fairfax, VA.  

Installations and Exhibitions

2018 - Fairfax, VA. - Madera Mosaic, Mosaic District. Installation of the Wave 120” x 24”x 36” - corten and stainless sculptural fountain.

2018 - Chicago, IL. - Burlington Station Residencies. Installation of the Wave 96”x19”x24”- corten and stainless sculptural fountain.

2016 - Newport Beach, CA. - 180 Newport Drive, Fashion Island. Installation of the X1 96”x24”x24” - corten sculptural fountain.
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2016 - Salt Lake City, UT. - 400 West, Luxury Apartments complex. Installation of the X1 96”x24”x24”, corten sculptural fountain, X2 96”x24””x24, corten sculptural fountain, Trapezoid 96”x52”x52”, corten sculptural fountain, Wave 96”x19”x24”, corten and stainless sculptural fountain.

2015 - West Palm Beach, FLA. - Loftin Place Luxury Apartments. Installation of the Y multi-use sculptural fountain/shower. 

2014 - 2015 Centerport, New York – Bolander Collection Sculpture Garden Installation 

2010 - 2011 Pier 57 - 59 Seattle, WA. - Toyland Village, Nov. 28 - Jan 1, 2011. 65 Large scale steel round bar and LED Light Sculptures (Downtown Seattle Association commission)

2009 - 2010 Pier 57-59 Seattle, WA. - Toyland Village, Nov. 27 - Jan 2, 2010. 40 Large scale steel round bar and LED Light Sculptures (Downtown Seattle Association commission)

2009 Culver City, CA. - Sound Peace 6ft. diameter wall mounted "stylized" steel Peace Sign. (Dogeared Jewelry commission)

2008 - 2009 Seattle, WA. - The Toyland Project "Through a Child's Eye". 40 Large scale steel round bar and LED Light Sculptures in various downtown Seattle locations. (Downtown Seattle Association commission)

2008 - 2011 - Lake Oswego, OR. – Arts Council "Gallery Without Walls" sculpture exhibit and permanent collection. Installation of White Tower 144”x 36”x36” steel round bar sculpture. 

2007 - Seattle, WA. - West Edge Sculpture Invitational; Seattle Art Museum, Benaroya Hall and Harbor Steps July 20 - October, 20 

2006 - Seattle, WA. - Columbia City Gallery, May 10 - July 9

2006 - Seattle, WA. Femergy (free floating steel round bar sculpture) commission for the lobby of the Women's Oncology Clinic at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) part of the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center.  

2006 - Bellevue, WA. - Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition, June 17 - October 9

2006 - Seattle, WA. - West Edge Sculpture Invitational; Seattle Art Museum, Benaroya Hall and Harbor Steps July 26 - October 29 

2005 - Seattle, WA. - West Edge Sculpture Invitational; Seattle Art Museum, Benaroya Hall and Harbor Steps July 7 - Sept. 11

2005 - Richland, WA. - Tri-Art Sculpture Park, May 5 - November 15

2005 - Goldendale, WA. - Maryhill Museum of Fine Art 10th Annual Sculpture Invitational, Mar. 15 - Nov. 15

2004 - Seattle, WA Featured Artist - Downtown Seattle Association Ponies on Parade Nov.1st through Jan.1st.

2004 - Seattle, WA. - On the Edge Sculpture Invitational; Seattle Art Museum, Benaroya Hall and Harbor Steps Aug. 5 - Sept. 12

Related Art Experience:
2013 - present Owner, MODFOUNTAIN.com, Centerport, NY and Los Angeles, CA.
2004 - 2008 Executive Director, West Edge Sculpture Exhibition in Downtown Seattle, WA.
1974 - 1997 Owner, Bolander Sign Company, Los Angeles, CA. and Olympia, WA.

Education:
2001 - 2009 - South Seattle Community College (SSCC) Seattle, WA - metal fabrication certification.
1997 - University of Washington, Seattle, WA. - continuing education fine arts program. 
1974 - California State College San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. 
1972 - Mt. San Antonio College, Los Angeles, CA.

Awards:
2009 - Recipient of the Downtown Seattle Association Community Leadership Award

Selected Media:
July 2018 - Water feature article Landscape Architect and Specifiers News
March 2018 - Landscapeonline.com MODFOUNTAIN product profile
April 2014 - Full Page Photo Editorial of X1 Fountain - Ocean Home Magazine, April-May issue
December 17, 2009 - Toyland Project TV Interview - Seattle Channel 21 - Lowell Deo
November 24, 2008 - Toyland Project TV & Blog interview - KIRO 7 - Erin Covey
November 13, 2008 - Toyland Project TV interview - KCPQ Fox 13 - Lara Yamada
October 2007 - Sculpture Magazine Review & Photograph - Suzanne Beal
July 27, 2007 - Seattle Times Review & Commentary - Sheila Farr
Oct. 29, 2005 - Seattle P-I Feature Article - Debra Prinzing
June 25, 2005 - Seattle P-I Photograph of Afterlife 13
Nov. 18, 2004 - Channel 13 Fox Morning News Television Interview - Lily Jang 
Nov. 17, 2004 - Channel 13 Fox Evening News Television Feature
Nov. 1, 2004 - Seattle Times Article - J. Jensen
July/Aug. 2004 - NW Home & Garden Magazine – Article by Debra Prinzing
Aug. 20, 2004 - Seattle P-I – Review by Regina Hackett
Aug. 6, 2004 - Seattle P-I – Article by Regina Hackett
Aug. 3, 2004 - NW Cable News – Television Interview