In his second Salon 94 show, Jayson Musson speaks through 8-year-old Nancy, the title character of Ernie Bushmiller’s popular American comic strip that ran from the 1930s through the ‘80s. Musson’s candy-colored paintings of 1980s-style graphics seem to occupy as much space as feasibly possible; his cartoonlike molded sculptural forms—a fiberglass ice cream cone, a squiggle, a teddy bear on wheels—are re-creations of set pieces from the comic strip. Musson’s childlike exploration and gentle mocking of Modernism creates a surreal experience.
Jayson Musson, better known for his art world-skewering YouTube videos recorded by his altar-egoHennessy Youngman, has ten of his textile-stretched-over-linen canvases on view at Salon 94’s Bowery outpost. Made from disassembled and reconfigured Coogi sweaters (most likely to be worn by hipsters dressing up as Bill Cosby for Halloween), the colorful textured fabric pieces look like unusually vibrant topographic maps.