While a conceptual thread runs through Bari’s work, the expanse of experimentation is seen through fluent shifts from discrete gallery objects, site-specific public sculptures, and a houseware design line under BZIPPY & CO. She is interested in how America’s perverse love of excess and desire to collect through inventive sculptural tableau. Utilizing a collage aesthetic, her artistic practice draws attention to the way various built environments, ranging from architectural to consumer-oriented constructions, relate to desire and aspiration. Ziperstein creates site-specific sculptures that challenge viewers to discern the familiar from the strange, and to question psychological, economical and emotional attachments that consumers and history places on spaces and objects.
Since 2004, she’s been included in prestigious group and solo art exhibitions nationally and internationally, many of which were reviewed in the LA Times, New York Times, Vogue Living, Architectural Digest, Vogue and Flash Art. Her investment in collaborative teaching and art practices can be seen in several recent projects which have been formative to my interest in sculpture, design, and public art including: Propaganda Pots (2018) at Nino Meir Gallery; Fair Trade (2017) at Art, Architecture, & Design Museum at UCSB; Vision in Motion (2015) at Curator’s Cube in Tokyo; Totems in Indigo (2013) commissioned by the LA County Arts Commission Civic Art Program; Decorative Protection (2013) at Emma Gray HQ; Bristol Biennial (2012); Zippy’s Nicknacks, Tonics, and Magical Gadgets (2010) at Santa Monica Museum of Art; 1,095: One Year’s Worth of Other People’s Plates (2010) was featured in Let Them Eat LACMA; and This House Has a Bright Future with Survey West Collaborative at Side Street Projects.
Since 2006, she has taught a range of sculpture, ceramics, and lecture courses at institutions like Cal Arts, CSSSA: California State Summer School for the Arts, University of CA at San Diego and University of CA at Riverside. She is a member of the collaborative team Survey West. Ziperstein holds an MFA from CalArts and double majored at Ohio University to receive a BFA in painting and a Women’s Studies Degree. She lives and works in Los Angeles with her husband aerospace engineer and toddler Lawrence.
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