Bari Ziperstein is an artist based in Los Angeles, California. Working in mixed media sculpture, Ziperstein’s primary focus is in ceramics. Her plural and fluid practice includes discrete objects, large-scale installation, site-specific public sculpture, and her line of functional ceramics, BZippy & Co. Materially experimental but conceptual at its core, Bari’s practice engages ideas of consumerism, propaganda, and the built environment. Her objects and sculptural tableaux reflect her interest in the political dimensions of capitalist economies and challenge the construction of desire and aspiration in contemporary American culture through a historical lens.
Bari Ziperstein was born in 1978 in Chicago, IL and lives in Los Angeles, CA. She received a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA in 2004 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a certificate in Women’s Studies from Ohio University, Athens OH in 2000. One-person exhibitions of her work have been presented at Bethel University, Minneapolis, MN (2018); Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design, Santa Barbara, CA (2017); Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Rancho Cucamonga, CA (2010); Long Beach City College Project Space, Long Beach, CA (2009); The Harris Art Gallery, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA (2007); and the San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA (2005).
Her work has been included in thematic exhibitions such as All Hands on Deck, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA (2018); Making It Work: Production by Design, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA (2018); Corporeal Impulse, Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2015); Interior Forest, 18th Street Projects, Santa Monica, CA (2013); The Open Daybook, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA (2011); Drama of the Gifted Child: The Five Year Plan, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA (2009); Truthiness: Photography as Sculpture, California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA (2008); Multiple Vantage Points: Southern California Women Artists, 1980-2006, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2007); and Pareidolia, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA (2004).
Bari has been recognized by grantmaking organizations such as the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Los Angeles, CA (2013); Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles, CA (2012); Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation, Los Angeles, CA (2011); Arts Council of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA (2011); and the City of Pasadena Department of Cultural Affairs, Pasadena, CA (2010) and has been awarded residencies such as Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, CO (2012) and the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT (2001).
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