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Ascending Bowl #3

1981 Mark Lindquist Born: Oakland, California 1949 black walnut 8 1/4 x 11 3/8 in. (21.0 x 28.8 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of an anonymous donor © 1981, MARK LINDQUIST 1981.131 Not currently on view

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Ascending Bowl #3

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"It is wrong to ask the spalted bowl to function as a workhorse as well, to hold potato chips or salad or to store trivialities. The bowl is already full. It contains itself and the space between its walls." Mark Lindquist, 1996

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With his Ascending Bowls, Mark Lindquist began in the early 1980s to challenge the tradition of turning perfect forms. The rough surfaces reveal the lines and scrapes of the chainsaw and lathe. Lindquist uses large burls for his sculptures, scavenged from forests or logger's yards, and allows the cut pieces to dry for several years. In Ascending Bowl #3, the uneven, thick walls rise gracefully from a narrow base and retain the aged texture of the wood.


decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - walnut