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Lauren Berkowitz is an Australian installation artist, working mostly with ephemeral and site-specific works that evoke the passage of time and our place within it. Berkowitz’s art is one of retrieval, of natural and found materials, of modernist art from the 60’s and 70’s as well as connections to her Jewish heritage. Often inspired by the landscape but troubled by its degradation, she recycles materials and themes into environmental narratives as an act of regeneration.
Lauren Berkowitz Plastic Topographies
Plastic Topographies, 2018
plastic and plants
3 x 2 x 2 m
Ideas Platform, Artspace, Sydney
photo: Jess Maurer
Plastic Topographies
Plastic Topographies (Columns), 2018
plastic and plants
2.5 x 0.5 m
International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York
photo: Dario Lasagni


Lauren Berkowitz Plastic Topographies
Plastic Topographies, 2018 
plastic and plants
4 x 8 x 2 m
International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York
photo: Dario Lasagni
https://youtu.be/kRRLfhiKUtE

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Bottles
Bottles (circle) 1994-2017
glass jars and bottles
2.5 m diameter
photo: Tina Concertina

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Lauren Berkowitz Subterranean
Subterranean, 2016
eggs and rose petals
size variable
Alaska Projects, Sydney
photo: Sean Burns

Lauren Berkowitz Energy Fields
Energy Fields, 2015
eucalyptus leaves, coal and quartz
2 x 2 m
Latrobe Regional Gallery, Victoria
photo: Christo Crocker

Verdure
Verdure, 2015 (detail)
plastic bottles and carpobrotus (pigface)
3 x 0.3 x 0.2 m
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
photo: Carl Warner
Mobirise
Starlie Geike and Lauren Berkowitz, 2014 
installation view
Utopian Slumps Gallery, Melbourne
photo: Christo Crocker
Featuring:
Onion Sac Wall, 1996
Blue Wall, 1990
Still_Life
Still Life, 2014-2017
edible and medicinal plants
dimensions variable
Hortus café, Docklands, Melbourne
photo: Peter Bennetts
Mobirise
Weeds and Wildflowers, 2014
medicinal and edible wild cabbage, fennel and blackberry nightshade
1.2 x 1.76 x 0.67 m 
Magdalen Laundries, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne 
photo: Concettina Inserra
Visceral Forms
Visceral Forms, 2012
cricket ball offcuts
sizes variable 
Utopian Slumps, Melbourne
photo: John Brash

Liquid
Liquid, 2013
plastic bottles
3 x 0.4 m
Substation, Melbourne 
Mana
Manna, 2009
medicinal and edible food plants
1 x 4.6 x 0.7 m
La Trobe University Museum of Art, Melbourne
photo: Kalli Karvelas

Sustenance, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2010
Physic Garden, 2013-2014

Spinning Webs
Spinning Webs, 2008
leather and nylon
2.8 x 1 x 0.40 m
Neon Parc, Melbourne
photo: Aliza Levi

Drift
Lauren Berkowitz Cornucopia
Cornucopia, 2007
herbs, spices and pulses
5.8 m
Sherman Galleries, Sydney
photo: Paul Green

Demeter’s Garden
Demeter’s Garden, 2007
indigenous, native and exotic plants, hardwood
4.3 x 1.7 m
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
photo: John Gollings

Shadows and Light
Shadows and Light, 2005
coal and indigenous wood shavings
9 x 3 m
Lake Macquarie City Gallery, New South Wales 
photo: Dean Beletich

Salt and Sand
Salt and Sand, 2004
sand and perspex
widths variable: 2.3 x 0.78-1.2 m
Sherman Galleries, Sydney
photo: Paul Green

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Tide
Tide, 2004 (detail)
salt and sand
8 x 9 m
Artspace, Sydney
photo: Greg Weight

Lauren Berkowitz Harvest Room
Harvest Room, 2003
rice, food and porcelain bowls
3.6 x 3.1 m
Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, Japan
photo: S. Anzai

Salt and Honey
Salt and Honey, 2002
glass, liquid and food
2.6 m diameter
Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne
photo: John Gollings

Lauren Berkowitz Colour Field
Colour Field, 2002 
salt and exotic weeds
6 x 6 m
Samstag Art Museum, University of South Australia, Adelaide
photo: Grant Hancock

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Verdant
Verdant, 2001 (detail)
indigenous and exotic plant, bluestone, salt and fleece
3 x 3 m
Herring Island Gallery, Melbourne
photo: John Gollings

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Lauren Berkowitz Idyll
Idyll, 2000
collaboration with Lisa Andrew
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 2015
Blindside, Nicholas Building, Melbourne, 2016
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Strata
Strata, 1999
sand and gravel
14 x 7 m
McClelland Gallery, Victoria
photo: John Gollings

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Cupola
Cupola, 1999
eucalyptus leaves
6 x 5 x 5 m
Queen Victoria Building, Sydney
photo: Ian Hobbs

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Mobirise
Translucent, 1998 
glycerine 
1.5 x 4 m
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
photo: John Gollings
Lauren Berkowitz Dystrophy
Dystrophy, 1997
leather off cuts
33.4 x 1 x 0.5 m
Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Melbourne
photo: John Gollings

Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne University, 1998
Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2006
McClelland Gallery, Victoria, 2008

Weeds
Weeds, 1998
2 x 0.7 x 1.5 m
Pileon Building, Melbourne
photo: John Gollings 
Celestial
Celestial, 1997
chemical bottles, food dye and water
0.7 x 6 x 3 m 
St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne
photo: Mark Ashkanasy

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Lauren Berkowitz Follies
Follies, 1997
installation view
Sizes variable
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney  
photo: Christopher Snee

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Wall, Red, Yellow, Blue
Wall, Red, Yellow, Blue, 1997
test tubes, nylon thread, water, and food dye
2-3 x 1.5-2 m
Artspace, Sydney
photo: Greg Weight
Green Room
Green Room, 1996
installation view 
Pendulum, Sydney
photo: Greg Weight

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Lauren Berkowitz Polystyrene Room
Polystyrene Room, 1996
polystyrene and silicone 
5 x 3 x 4 m 
RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
photo: Mark Ashkanasy

Rosyln Oxley9 Gallery, 1996
Building 40, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne 1996

Onion Sac Wall
Onion Sac Wall, 1996
plastic onion bags
4 x 6 x 0.2 m
Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Melbourne
photo: Mark Ashkanasy

Glen Eira Cirty Council Gallery, Melbourne 2010
Utopian Slumps, Melbourne 2014
Lauren Berkowitz Reclaiming Memory
Reclaiming Memory, 1995
A4 laminated photocopies
2.5 x 1 x 1 m
Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne
photo: Mark Ashkanasy

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Lauren Berkowitz Bags
Bags, 1994 (remade 2010)
white plastic shopping bags 
4 x 12.5 x 1 m
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
photo: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2009
Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2008 
Rosyln Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, 1995
Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Melbourne 1994
Lauren Berkowitz Newspapers
Newspapers, 1994
shredded newspapers, staples
4 x 2 x 2.5 m
Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Melbourne
photo: Steve Farrelly

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Recyclable
Recyclable, 1993
brown paper bags
1 x 8 x 10 m
School of Visual Arts, New York 
photo: Steven Bates

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Pine grove installation
Pine grove installation, 1993
twigs, branches and grass
3 x 2 x 1 m
Vermont, USA
Lauren Berkowitz Sightseeing Tours
Sightseeing Tours, 1993
produced and directed by Lauren Berkowitz and Lisa Andrew

Alaska Projects, Sydney, 2016
Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2010
State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, 1999
Artspace, Sydney; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 1998-99
Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 1995

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Buffalo Dateline
Buffalo Dateline, 1993 (remade 1995)
telephone books, lonely hearts notes
3 x 1 x 1 m
Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY


Installation #04
Installation #04, 1993 (remade 2010)
Melbourne telephone books
3.5 x 5 x 0.3 m
Monash University Faculty Gallery
photo: John Brash 

Mobirise
Blue Wall, 1990
painted wood
2.5 x 2 m
Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2012
photo: Christo Crocker
Realities Gallery, Melbourne, 1990
Totems
Totems, 1989
oil on wood
3 x 2 x 3 m
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
photo: Ross Hipwell
Mobirise
Twig Cluster, 1989
painted twigs
3 x 2 x 3 m
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne 
photo: Ross Hipwell