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

Tel. 206.334.5040



 Recent Exhibitions 


2015 - Completion and Installation of "Y" Modfountain /Shower at Loftin Place, 
West Palm Beach, Fla.

​2014 - 2015 completion of Bolander Sculpture Garden - Centerport, New York

2013 - Creation of MODfountain -  www.MODfountain.com

2011 / 2012 - Relocation from Seattle to Centerport, New York - Construction of new Sculpture Studio and  Sculpture Garden

2010 / 2011 - Toyland Village - Nov. 28 - Jan 1, 2011 - 65 LED Light Sculptures - Pier 57 - 59 Seattle, WA (commission)

2009 / 2010 - Toyland Village - Nov. 27 - Jan 2, 2010 - 40 LED Light Sculptures - Pier 57 - 59, Seattle, WA (commission)

2009 - Sound Peace -  Aug. 10, 2009 - 6ft. dia. wall mounted "styled" Peace Sign - Dogeared Jewelry,  Culver City, CA. (commission)

2008 / 2009 The Toyland Project - Through a Child's Eye. Nov. 28 - Jan. 3, 40 LED Light Sculptures in various locations in downtown Seattle.(commission)

2008 - 2011  "Gallery Without Walls" Lake Oswego, Oregon. 2008 - 2011 Sponsored by Bankers Investment Services and the Chuck O'Leary Family. Boones Ferry Rd. and Firwood Road

2007 - West Edge Sculpture Exhibition - July 20 - October, 20 2007
Jurors: Michael Darling, Barbara Shaiman and Gregory Robinson

2006 - Columbia City Gallery – May 10 – July 9,– Seattle, WA. “Plugged In and Caffeinated” Jurors: Kamla Kakaria, Larry Calkins

2006 - Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition – June 17 – October 9,- Bellevue, WA. - Jurors: Mary Shirley, Laura Matzer, Eloise Damrosch, Nancy Mee, Jesus Moroles

2006 - West Edge Sculpture Invitational – July 26 – October 29, - Benaroya Hall and the Harbor Steps, Seattle, WA 

2005 - Seattle Art Museum – July 7 – Sept. 11 – West Edge Sculpture Invitational - Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition –  Seattle, WA.

2005 - Tri-Art Sculpture Park – May 5 – May 5 – Richland, WA. - Dave & Val Mitchell, curators

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

2004 - On The Edge Sculpture Invitational – Aug. 5 – Sept. 12 – Seattle, WA. 


Education

2001 - 2009 - South Seattle Community College (SSCC) - metal fabrication - Seattle, WA.
1997 – University of Washington – Seattle, WA. - continuing art education
1974 – 1997 – Bolander Sign Co. – owned & operated – Los Angeles, CA. & Olympia, WA.
1974 – California State College San Francisco – San Francisco, CA. 
1972 – Mt. San Antonio College – Los Angeles, CA.

Selected Media

April 2014 - Full Page Photo Editorial of  X1 Fountain - Ocean Home Magazine - April-May edition
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 - P. 73 & 74 - Suzanne Beal
July 27, 2007 - Seattle Times - Review & Commentary - Sheila Farr
Oct. 29, 2005 – Seattle P-I – Feature Article – Article by Debra Prenzing
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 Article
Nov. 1, 2004 - Seattle Times – Article by 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



Statement of Purpose

As an artist, I feel free to work in any medium, though my main focus is steel round bar, When I first started to learn about metal fabrication, I  very quickly became fascinated by the material. Round bar, has the inate property, while bending, of resisting kinking, unlike  metal tubing, which can be easily ruined if you 're not careful. That's not to say you can't mess up round bar, you can, if you're not paying attention.

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 kind of takes over and tells me how it wants to be worked, which results in unique and spontaneous compositions. This process often results in some of what I consider my best work.


By its nature, sculpture, unlike 2 dimensional painting, printmaking or jewelry making for instance, 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 and though sometimes I'm contracted to simply create what I choose to create, as in the case of "Femergy", oftentimes the commission is more focused on a specific client need, as is the "Toyland" commission and the "Sound Peace" project. Though these sculptures are' not pure abstraction, they do reflect my personal style and as I work on them, I hone my skills while learning and exploring different avenues of art and fabrication. The Toyland pieces for instance employ LED Rope Light, a product I never thought of using, though now I've become very adept at working with the lights and have incorporated them into a current piece (Night Song). I'm  also planning future fine art projects that will use this very cool enviromentally friendly lighting.


If you'd like to consult with me on an upcoming project/commission, or, if you have an interest in exhibiting my work or seeing my available work for purchase, feel free to contact me. I'm always happy to give tours of my studio and to discuss future possibilities.