Jayson Musson

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Jayson Musson on October 29, 2007

Jayson Scott Musson is an artist who currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.[1] He was born in Bronx, NY.

Early life[edit]

In an interview in Nat. Brut magazine, Musson said that he grew up in Spring Valley, New York, about 25 minutes from New York City.[2]

He stated that he was "pretty much a very quiet kid" who "didn’t care too much for athletics or whatever, just drawing."[3]

Education[edit]

Musson earned a BFA in photography from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2011, he completed an MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania.

Music[edit]

Musson is an original member of the Philadelphian rap group Plastic Little, formed during the summer of 2001. Along with Plastic Little, Musson performed with British producer Mark Ronson as well as collaborated with a number of notable Philadelphian acts including Spank Rock and Amanda Blank.[4]

Video Performance[edit]

In 2010, Musson created the character of Hennessy Youngman, which subsequently became an Internet phenomenon through the popularity of the "Art Thoughtz" video series.[5] Musson publicly divides his persona with the character's by referring to Youngman as his "cousin."[6] Musson's "ART THOUGHTZ" series is distributed internationally by Electronic Arts Intermix.[7]

Solo Exhibitions[edit]

  • 2012: Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA "A True Fiend's Weight"[8]
  • 2012: Salon 94, New York, NY, "Halcyon Days"
  • 2011: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA "Hennessy Youngman & Nathaniel Snerpus Present: The Grand Manner"
  • 2011: Marginal Utility Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, "Neoteny: The Hard Sell"
  • 2008: Dazed & Confused Magazine Gallery, London, England, "Too Black For BET"
  • 2006: Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA, "Too Black for BET, Episode II: The Black Boy George"
  • 2002: Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA, "Too Black for BET"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Art In The Age of Mechanical Reproduction; Artists; Jayson Musson". http://www.artintheage.com. Retrieved 25 September 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ "[Interview] Jayson Musson Bum In Suit Mistaken For Important Man". Nat. Brut. Retrieved 2016-03-07. 
  3. ^ "[Interview] Jayson Musson Bum In Suit Mistaken For Important Man". Nat. Brut. Retrieved 2016-03-07. 
  4. ^ Pytlik, Mark. "Interviews Diplo". http://pitchfork.com. Retrieved 25 September 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ Boucher, Brian. "Ali G With an MFA: Q+A With Hennessy Youngman". http://www.artinamericamagazine.com. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ "Tuesday Evenings at the Modern Fall 2011 Schedule; October 4; Jayson Musson". http://themodern.org/. 2011. Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  7. ^ "Jayson Scott Musson Biography on Electronic Arts Intermix; Jayson Musson". http://www.eai.org/artistTitles.htm?id=13116. 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.  External link in |work= (help)
  8. ^ http://www.philebrity.com/2012/11/12/jayson-musson-continues-to-be-awesome-made-art-out-of-cosby-sweaters/