Spirit Dancer

Accession Number

Spirit Dancer

Mark Bressler

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
madrone burl

35 in. x 34 in. x 12 in. ( 88.9 cm x 86.4 cm x 30.5 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Robert M. and Lillian Montalto Bohlen

Label copy
Mark Bressler
Born 1951, Detroit, Michigan
Lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Spirit Dancer
Madrone burl
Gift of Robert M. and Lillian Montalto Bohlen, 2003/2.79
Mark Bressler owned an Atlanta construction company that specialized in high-end woodwork for over 20 years. He returned to his hometown of Detroit to earn a photography degree at Wayne State University before attending Arrowmont School of the Arts in Tennessee.
Bressler has developed a style that incorporates motion with large sculptural forms. In Spirit Dancer, the turning process transformed chunks of burl weighing over 1,200 pounds into a graceful work that seems suspended in a moment of unfurling.
(Out of the Ordinary, 2010)

Physical Description
hollowed burl with natural bark edges

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
abstract sculpture

Additional Object Classification(s)

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wood (plant material)

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