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Double Totemic Sculpture

Accession Number
2002/2.156A

Title
Double Totemic Sculpture

Artist(s)
Mark Lindquist

Object Creation Date
1994-1995

Medium & Support
oak burl

Dimensions
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

Label copy
Mark Lindquist
Born 1949, Oakland, California
Lives and works in Quincy, Florida
Double Totemic Sculpture
1994–95
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
Sculpture

Primary Object Type
abstract sculpture

Additional Object Classification(s)
Sculpture

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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Keywords
wood (plant material)

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