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Double Totemic Sculpture

Accession Number

Double Totemic Sculpture

Mark Lindquist

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
oak burl

43 x 27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (109.22 x 69.85 x 69.85 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Robert M. and Lillian Montalto Bohlen

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Mark Lindquist
Born 1949, Oakland, California
Lives and works in Quincy, Florida
Double Totemic Sculpture
Oak burl
Gift of Robert M. and Lillian Montalto Bohlen, 2002/2.156A&B
(Out of the Ordinary, 2010)
Mark Lindquist, son of the renowned woodturner Melvin Lindquist, started turning wood in the 1970s after studying sculpture in college. At a period when other artists were creating delicate, thin-walled vessels, Lindquist took the opposite approach, creating thick, large-scale, rough-hewn pieces. This exploration continues in works such as Double Totemic Sculpture.
Lindquist is known for shaping his pieces with a chainsaw while they are on the lathe, giving the wood a finish that fits the weight of the work’s monumental scale. He encourages students to take inspiration from the natural form of the wood, rather than aiming for overly polished works. Lindquist says he is interested in applying sculptural principles and techniques to turned wood objects; he has sought to “examine all the possibilities without alienating the audience…to offer alternatives which would pique an interest in the ‘newness’ of the form and idea.”
from the exhibition Nature Transformed: Wood Art from the Bohlen Collection, June 12 – October 3, 2004

Physical Description
rough-hewn hollowed wood sculpture in natural state with spalt, marks, holes, etc.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
abstract sculpture

Additional Object Classification(s)

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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