Lauren Berkowitz’s complex and multifaceted practice concerns issues of humanism, contemporary feminism and the environment, explored through the binary lenses of order and chaos. Typically working within the stylistic idiom of post-minimalism, Berkowitz collects various natural and recycled objects to create sensuous hanging and floor-based installations. Her process-based drawing practice similarly reflects her sculptural methodologies of collecting, arranging and repetition.
Berkowitz has completed a BFA in Sculpture at RMIT, a Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts, Sculpture, at the Victorian College of the Arts and an MFA in Sculpture at the School of Visual Arts, New York. She has exhibited across institutional and commercial spaces in Australia and abroad, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; LaTrobe University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne; Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne; Artspace, Sydney; Sherman Galleries, Sydney; Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney; and The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Berkowitz participated in the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Japan, 2003 and the Aichi Triennale, Japan, 2010 and most recently exhibited in Wild Places, Motor Works Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2013; Roads Cross: Contemporary Directions in Australian Art, Flinders University City Gallery, Adelaide, 2012; and Symphonic Encounters, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, 2012. She held her first solo exhibition, Visceral Forms, with Utopian Slumps in 2012. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections in Australia and overseas, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Jewish Museum of Australia, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bendigo Art Gallery and Monash University Museum of Art collections.