Lauren Simkin BerkeBUST loves America's Next Top Model just as much as the next gal, but if you like your entertainment a little more highbrow, check out Lauren Simkin Berke's new exhibit Excavations and Adaptations at the A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn next month! Excavations and Adaptations features over 60 index card-sized works that mix collages of things like photographs, luggage tags, and dress patterns with Berke's own drawings. Here's more from the A.I.R. Gallery:

'These pieces engage with the past to play with universal themes of the industrial and post-industrial experience: finding friendship and joy in times of war, standing stiffly in front of monuments for vacation snapshots, taking required portraits on picture day at school, and even taking pictures of places one has fondness for, to remember, for evidence, or just for the beauty of the sight of the world.'

If you're still not sold, take a look at some of the work displayed on Berke's website. We're pretty sure this lady's got it goin' on. And in case you didn't know, the A.I.R. (Artists in Residence) Gallery was founded in 1972 as a place where female artists could showcase their work and establish a community in -- surprise -- yet another male-dominated field. So get on out there and support a girl-friendly gallery and an awesome lady artist!

Excavations and Adaptations runs from September 9 to October 4. The opening reception will be held Thursday, September 10 from 6 to 8 PM. A.I.R. Gallery is located at 111 Front Street, #228 in Brooklyn, NY. More info is available on their website.

photo courtesy simkinberke.com

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