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Edy Ferguson was born in Chicago, where she enrolled in the Early College Program at the Art Institute during High School. She split her studies between Sculpture and Painting for her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Instead of attending Graduate School on a paid scholarship, she then moved to New York to work as an unpaid intern for an underground TV show on Contemporary Dance TV show and to eventually art direct Hip Hop Music videos in the the late 80’s early 90’s. She worked in film for five5 years, which culminated in an award by MTV for best music video of award in 1993 for, Jeremy, by Pearl Jam. Immediately afterwards, she enrolled in a Master of Fine Arts combined media program from at Hunter College in Combined Media.
During college and for some years afterwards, she worked freelance in various galleries and mMuseums in New York, and this provided her with a rich, practical education in art history that allowed her to expand on her studies at Hunter College.
Travel became was an important part of Ferguson’s art making practice in the yearsfrom 1993 – 1994, where when she lived briefly in Los Angeles, and for some years after 2007, where when she lived in Vienna, and participated in numerous travel residencies in Austria, Greece and England.
She currently lives and works in London.
Edy Ferguson’s comprehensive installation articulates different areas of energy of in her oeuvre. Her exhibitions present a multi-layered view of her work in using various techniques--–drawing, installation, performance, video, and painting–— in the form of a Gesamkunstwerk, – or ‘Total Artwork’.
The curatorial criterion for this show lies in the belief that Ferguson has anticipated a number of issues that are at the core of the current artistic debate. The scope of her skills, her freedom to employ a wide array of media, as well as her stance towards performance, make for a body of work that is challenging, creative, all inclusive and engaging. Rather than the contemplation of individual works, this show proposes to feature the artist’s vision in its full complexity, with all its stratifications, emotional sensitivity, and infectious energy.
Through allusions to ‘"high’" and to ‘"low’" culture --–often resorting to icons from cinema or the world of rock music, –Ferguson poses pertinent and poignant questions on the role of emotions in artistic creations, on the freeing power of images and music, and on the coexistence of multiple and contradictory points of view in our experience of reality.
Ferguson has exhibited in New York, London, Athens, San Francisco, Venezuela, Poland, France, and Austria. More recently she exhibited solo at Faggionato Fine Arts in London, Bernier Eliades Gallery in Athens, and was included in the exhibition Faces at the Onassis Cultural Centre--, Athens, The Benaki Museum, Athens, The 2nd Bienale of Mardin, Turkey, and a retrospective at the Centre d’Arte Contemporain in Geneva Switzerland.