HELLO WWW, THIS YA BOY HENROCK ALLAH AND IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN. WE ALWAYS SEEM TO MEET IN PLACES LIKE THIS. ANYWAYS, THIS PARTICULAR ART THOUGHTZ IS MORE OF LIKE A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT OFFERING A PAID SERVICE TO YOU AND YOURS. BUT IMA LET MY VIDEO DO THE TALKING, BECAUSE IF YOU LET ME I’LL JUST KEEP TALKING AND TALKING UNTIL EVERYONE’S LEFT THE ROOM AND SOME HOW MY GENITALS ARE HANGING OUT MY TROUSERS AND THEY GOT BLUE JELL-O ON IT.
IF YOU IMPATIENT JUST GO TO:
“WHO GIVES A FUCK ABOUT MICHAEL FRIED WHEN YR SCOURING NYFA’s JOB LISTINGS…”
Jayson Musson started the youtube series “Art Thoughtz” last year. Performing as Hennessey Youngman–he simultaneously adopts the persona of a baller, an art star, a disenfranchised 20 something who’s finding success– and above all– an enlightened voice of reason. These lo-fi vids, though conceptually simple–mirroring the now ubiquitous confessional youtube tutorial– achieve a lot, and mostly through his use of critique, humor and irony. In his direct addresses, the Internet becomes an off-screen character of sorts–standing for a populace desperately in need of a wake-up call. The use of pop-culture and internet culture serve as vehicles to satirize the art world (professional and academic), and allow Youngman to dissect issues of race, class, taste and gender.
“In his video monologues, Youngman becomes a tutor to an audience of hopeful artists in search of success. By explaining traditional art concepts and relating them to pop culture and real world examples, he is able to expose issues and conflicts within contemporary art society. A scheme is perpetuated, through Youngman and the “Art Thoughtz” videos, of following an often sympathetic character, one who is apparently outside the art world, attempting to understand and permeate a seemingly exclusive cultural society. This sort of ‘underdog in the art world’ characterization can be seen in the work of video artist of Alex Bag or motion pictures such as the biopic Basquiat or the art world satire.”