Jayson Musson, ‘Bather IV (Cheryl Donegan Knows What I’m Talking About)’, 2012, Fleisher/Ollman

About Jayson Musson

Erstwhile known for his hip-hop career and alter ego Hennessy Youngman, Jayson Musson generated a lot of buzz with his first solo gallery exhibition in 2012—comprising a series of “Coogi sweater” pieces that turned the garments of Bill Cosby and Notorious B.I.G. fame into abstract, painterly compositions. “They seemingly lingered on the borders of gestural abstraction,” Musson has said of his materials, which he sewed and stretched into intricate, thickly dimensional compositions. “I made the joke, ‘That Coogi looks like a Pollock.’” Musson’s Youngman character has gained a widespread following on YouTube for his incisive, insightful commentary on art and the art world from the humorous perspective of a hip-hop outsider, “waxin’ poetic” on topics from Louise Bourgeois and Relational Aesthetics to success and creativity. “If you can’t make it, fake it by over-explaining it,” Youngman says in one of the videos.

American, b. 1977, Bronx, New York, based in Brooklyn, New York