Jack Honeysett is a British artist and current MFA candidate in the sculpture program in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. He employs photography, video, sculpture, and performance in a practice with the recurring theme of history, subtly questioning the prevailing use of history and narrative as a means of legitimizing and reinforcing stereotypes.
Museum Views is a photographic series created while Honeysett attended VPA’s Turner Semester residency in LA. Funded through a gift from SU VPA alumna and Advisory Council member Marylyn Turner Klaus ’56 G’57, the Turner Semester is a residency program for MFA students. The program allows the students to experience the arts of the West Coast and to live and work in San Pedro (the Los Angeles Harbor area) during the fall and spring semesters.
The composition of the photos draws attention not only to the pieces on display within the museum, but also to the display systems and the relationships between pieces created through the curation of the space. The experience of the space is presented as equal to the museum objects and the sense of art history which they imbue.
The pieces are hung in groups of three. The image on the right sets up the emphasis of the series, directing the viewer’s eye to the museum display. The other images expand on this and playfully explore the relationships between the viewer, display method, and piece. Installing this series in a library context is an experiment to see what parallels may be drawn between both museum and library’s role of cataloguing knowledge.