Salon 94

Exhibit of Abstract Art

Jayson Musson

May 07, 2014–June 20, 2014

Salon 94 Bowery

鈥婼alon 94 Bowery presents Exhibit of Abstract Art, a new body of work from Jayson Musson. In his second solo show with the gallery, Musson was inspired by Modern Art set-pieces from the comic strip Nancy, created by the popular American comic illustrator Ernie Bushmiller who worked on the strip from the 1930始s-80始s. Nancy was titled for the star of the comic strip, an inventive and rambunctious 8 year old girl who始s iconic face is almost synonymous with the phrase 驶cartoon strip始 itself.

Throughout Nancy始s long run, Bushmiller would intermittently poke fun at the then fresh works of modern art as well as modern architecture. The former depicted as works comparable to the dawdling of children, and the latter as simply nonsensical. According to Musson 鈥淚始m drawn to Ernie Bushmiller始s antagonistic response to modernism and mainly his vitriolic caricature of it. He始s turned off by Modernism始s seeming uselessness, it始s sophistry, it始s 驶sham始 quality, and its 驶easiness始. Buried in his response to the 驶fad始 of the modern lays a particular kind of fear, the fear of someone witnessing the world change and not having a place in the new order of cultural value. In some ways Bushmiller spoke for a generation watching familiar systems of meaning expire. However, in Bushmiller始s caricature of art, he drafted some perfect paintings. Where one would see a reductionist punchline, I see a perfection of form in Bushmiller始s art gags. In his pejorative depictions of abstraction lay a symmetry, balance, and economy of form that is simply exceptional.鈥

Similar to Musson始s use of scraps of sweaters to create paintings in his last body of work, employing Bushmiller始s work explores the notion of value in art, how it is derived, and who connotes value. The project also skirts that age-old question of 驶what is art始 when art始s antagonisms can be absorbed into the cannon. Musson continues, 鈥淭o recreate some of these works, 40-50 years later, and set them into the context of exhibiting them as verifiable works of art is perverse in a way, and perhaps confirms Bushmiller始s point of view about the whole operation of art. In the end, and despite all the meaning that can be excavated from deconstructing the caricature and parody, I始m drawn to Bushmiller始s brilliant humor. Myself a 鈥済ag man鈥, explorative play and humor have been the primary motivating force behind much of my artwork.鈥

Jayson Musson works in a variety of mediums: painting, photography, video and more. A self-proclaimed 鈥渄ual citizen鈥 of Philadelphia and New York, Musson received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Arts, Philadelphia and his MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Jayson Musson lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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