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Lauren Simkin Berke
BROOKLYN, NY
Neighborhood: Williamsburg



ARTIST STATEMENT: Since the invention of the camera people have used photography as a way to document their work, families, environment and themselves. Fairly early in photography's infancy, middle and upper class people, in industrialized countries, were taking advantage of this tool by which they could develop a tangible myth of their existence, such that future generations of their families would be able to see them, and therefore know them. In a world of diaspora, assimilation, and globalized capitalism, there is a growing disconnect from personal histories; family photographs are no longer the prized possessions they once were. I can go into second hand stores or flea markets in any town or city in America and acquire photographs of someone else's family. Somehow, somewhere down the line someone had no connection to them, and decided to either sell them, give them away, or throw them out with the trash. I've been drawing, in ink on paper, from found photographs for almost a decade, and using these drawings to create paintings, prints and mixed media work. The photographs I've drawn from rage from Victorian studio portraits to 20th century snapshots, high school yearbook portraits to vacation photos of people posing with historic landmarks and natural vistas. My latest exhibit, Small Items Enclosed, featured several large paintings along with over 100 figurines placed in three-dimensional environments, made in an extended play process of drawing, painting and assemblage.
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ARTIST RESUME:


SELECT CLIENT LIST
Simon & Schuster • The New York Times • The L.A. Times • The Boston Globe • The Advocate • OUT Magazine • American Express • Five Dials Magazine • VQR • New York Magazine • Bitch Magazine • The Washington Post • The Nashville Scene • Anvil Press • Seal Press • Vanderbilt Magazine • Vermont Quarterly • JCCSF • Clark's Memorandum • The Globe and Mail • The American Lawyer

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014 “Small Items Enclosed,” Foley Gallery, NYC, NY
2012 "To be Kept," Accola Griefen Gallery, NYC, NY
2009 "Excavations and Adaptations," A.I.R. Gallery, NYC, NY
2008 "A text, a fiction, a fissured envelope," A.I.R. Gallery, NYC, NY

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 “_WhatWePrintAboutWhenWePrintAboutLove_” Ceres Gallery, NYC, NY
2014 “We Tell Stories,” MFA Illustration as Visual Essay 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Visual Arts Gallery,
NYC, NY
“Rock, Paper, Scissor," GCCA Catskill Gallery, Catskill, NY
2013 “Forecast,” Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC.
“Bigger Is Not Always Better,” Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY
2012 "A Landmark & A Mission" curated tour of The Sketchbook Project, PA, MI,
and OH
2011 "Bad Luck Club," myplasticheart, NYC, NY
"43 Uses of Drawing," Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Rugby, UK
2010 "Ink Plots: The Tradition of the Graphic Novel," Visual Arts Gallery, NYC, NY
"The Exquisite Corpse," Paul Robison Gallery at Rutger’s University,
Newark, NJ
2009 "Messages," Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Greensboro,
NC
2008 "elsewhen, meanwise, otherwhere," Achilles House, Auckland, NZ
"Your Documents Please," Various locations including Japan, Germany,
Mexico, Hungary, Slovakia, and U.S.
2007 "THE 1950 FORD SHOW," Art Gallery of Alberta, Alberta, Canada
"Flux Factory's 2008 Benefit Auction," Hungarian Cultural Center, NYC, NY
"Secret Clubhouse No.2," LMCC Redhead Gallery, NYC, NY
2006 "Being There”, SVA Visual Arts Gallery, NYC, NY
"48 Hours of Making Art (Redux)," B. K. Smith Gallery, Painesville, OH
"Interiors/Exteriors," gescheidle, Chicago, IL
2005 "To Hell With The Hamptons...," McCaig-Welles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
"Le Papier," gescheidle, Chicago, IL
2004 "Hijacking Gender," Hope Street Gallery, 65 Hope Street, Brooklyn, NY
2003 "Illustration as Visual Essay MFA Thesis Show," P.P.O.W., NYC, NY
"War Culture," Judson Memorial Church, NYC, NY

FELLOWSHIPS & RESIDENCIES
Elsewhere Collaborative Residency, September 2008, Greensboro, NC
A.I.R.Gallery Fellowship 2007 - 2008, NYC, NY
Makor Artist Residency 2005, NYC, NY

AWARDS & HONORS
American Illustration 24, 27, 28, 32 and 33 (book and web annual)
American Illustration 25, 26, 29, 30 and 31 (web annual)
Print Magazine, 3rd annual Hand Drawn, 2013
Communication Arts, Illustration Annual 52
Society of Illustrators annual, ILLUSTRATORS 51, 52 and 54

EDUCATION
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
M.F.A., Illustration as Visual Essay, June 2003.

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
B.A., cum laude, Anthropology, May 2001.

b. 1979, Bronx, NY
 








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