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Stephen Rolfe Powell
American, 1951–2019

Prevailing Manic Jones


Object Type: Glass
40 3/4 in. x 22 in. x 11 1/2 in. (103.51 cm x 55.88 cm x 29.21 cm)
Medium and Support: Free-blown glass
Accession Number: 2004.0008

Credit Line: Gift of The Antiquarian Society of Montgomery, Bowen and Carol Ballard, Jim and Jane Barganier, Richard and Joy Blondheim, Ben and Ginny Cumbus, Chris and Leah Dubberly, Elizabeth Emmet, Bonner and Sister Engelhardt, Herman and Anne Franco, Corinna Gauntt, Barrie and Laura Harmon, W. Inge Hill and Camille Elebash-Hill, Mark and Amy Johnson, Samuel and Liza Kaufman, James and Joan Loeb, James and Margaret Lowder, Frank and Jane McFadden, Maurice and Peggy Mussafer, Phillip and Gloria Rawlings, Bruce and Emilie Reid, Philip Sellers, Adam and Dawn Schloss, Jan K. Weil, Laurie Weil and Tommy Wool, William and Pat Williamson, and Anonymous Donor

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Stephen Rolfe Powell’s distinctive glass sculptures are symphonies of color and light. This piece is a part of the series known as "Teasers"—it is blown with an elongated neck and a contrasting inflated, globular torso. The grace of his shapes is matched by the quirky nature of his titles, most of which are three words long and roll off the tongue with a peculiar rhythm, as is illustrated by the MMFA’s "Prevailing Manic Jones." The first and second words allude to the feeling of the vessel; and the third is a common American last name, emphasizing the universality of the vessel form. For some vessels the first words may allude to the shape or color; or the second word may have sexual overtones—such as cleavage, cheeks, buns, sigh, and gasp—that mock society’s preoccupation with the body.

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