Bari Ziperstein’s individual work explores 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 place on spaces and objects.
A selection of recent exhibitions include Bristol Biennial (2012); Santa Monica Museum of Art (2010); Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles (2010); Project Space, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art at Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga (2010); Perk, See Line Gallery, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles (2009); and (This Isn’t Happening) Popular Hallucinations For Your Home, Bank, Los Angeles (2007). In 2010, Ziperstein’s project ‘1,095: One Year’s Worth of Other People’s Plates’ was featured in Let Them Eat LACMA. Her exhibitions have been reviewed in publications including: The Los Angeles Times, Flash Art, X‑TRA, Los Angeles Weekly, Artnet, and Art Papers.
From 2007–2011, she was on the Board of Directors at Side Street Projects and hosted a biweekly podcast series called Shoptalk of frank conversations with contemporary LA artists, sponsored by SSP. She has taught at 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.
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