and the Living Painting
Claire is a multi-medium artist creating original works in NYC from the 70's to present day at her loft in Tribeca. To Claire “Art is a language that allows one to think outside of the box” where art and artist can address the issues facing our society.
This is the philosophy that prompted her to establish The Claire and Jan Binney Lang Art Foundation, a non profit organization with the motto “To Save the World through Art” and to create communities in the real and digital worlds to unite people to cultivate community.
Claire received her MFA from CUNY Lehman College. Upon graduating, she began her career by printing fine art silkscreens for other artists and then initiating "The Claire Fergusson School for Silk Screening". In 1976, Claire presented her Book Sculptures at the opening show for Franklin Furnace, alongside fellow artist Karen Shaw. A few years later she had her first performance at Franklin Furnace, this time with fellow artist Arlene Schloss. In 1981, Claire received the Queen Elizabeth II Award and did a 3 month tour of performances and art shows throughout New Zealand.
In 1988, Claire met Jan Binney Lang and he became her friend and mentor. Together Claire and Jan supported one another in their creative pursuits and interest in promoting outside of the box thinking.
In 1999, Claire Fergusson's book sculptures became part of the MOMA Archive through their acquisition of the Franklin Furnace Archive. Currently Franklin Furnace is archiving Claire's early works that were created with their encouragement and support.
The Living Painting
Claire will continue to create “The Living Painting,” where guests will get to observe an artist at work, as Claire will be immersed in the creative process from 1pm to 6pm on each day of TOAST. Guests are welcome to see and experience art, stimulate thought, and generate conversation as Claire creates her TOAST 2017 painting series.