Issue #178
Any Port In A Storm November 11, 2011

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Project Space: Bari Ziperstein: The Veneer of Decorative Protection

Bari Ziperstein’s work explores America’s love of excess and desire to collect. 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.

Here, Ziperstein’s site-specific photographs of a distorted figurative sculpture is treated as sculptural protection between the private and public world—concerned with the aesthetics of domestic and commercial security. Through collage aesthetics, Ziperstein created connections between site, economics and class. Ziperstein’s figurative sculpture, appropriated from a 1980s wrought iron window bar advertisement directed at Angelinos, is concerned with the aesthetics of domestic security. By depicting a life-size, suspicious female homeowner decorated by her own protective window bars, an unnerving parallel between excess and fear is established.

A selection of recent solo shows includes Recollected: Long for a Home funded by the Arts Council of Long Beach Public Art (2011), Decorative Protection < Protective Decoration at Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles (2010); Zippy's Nickknacks, Tonics, and Magical Gadgets (2010) at Santa Monica Museum of Art and 1,095: One Year's Worth of Other People's Plates (2010), which was featured in Let Them Eat LACMA. Her exhibitions have been reviewed in numerous publications including: The Los Angeles Times, Flash Art, X-TRA, Art Lies, 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. Ziperstein has taught many university courses, including site-specific sculpture, at institutions such as UCSD, UCR and CalArts. She is a member of the collaborative team Survey West with Jill Newman. 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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