BARI ZIPERSTEIN (aka Zippy) has a multidisciplinary practice of fine art, public art and a design line under BZIPPY & CO based in Los Angeles, California. Born in Chicago, she was raised by design collectors and architecture enthusiasts where they traveled across the U.S. just to find the ideal Bakelite Radio, Boomerang Lamp or 60s ceramic cookie jar. She attended Cal Arts (2004) for her MFA and attended Ohio University (2000) graduating with a BFA in Painting and a Women's Studies Certificate. Currently, she lives and works in Los Angeles with her husband a home brewer/aerospace engineer and their toddler Lawrence.
BZIPPY & COMPANY is a design line by artist Bari Ziperstein, made by hand in Glassell Park, CA in North East Los Angeles. Her unique editions of slab built ceramic floral vases, planters, and lamps are inspired by the rich ceramic history of Southern California, Brutalist / Cold War Architecture, Finnish patterns, and the California deserts. The ceramic jewelry line consists of bits and parts of Ziperstein's totemic sculptures, reformed into breast plates, beads and pendants.
Since 2004, she’s been included in prestigious group and solo fine art exhibitions nationally and internationally, many of which were reviewed in the LA Times, New York Times, Architectural Digest, Vogue, SightUnseen, and Flash Art. Her investment in collaborative teaching and art practices can be seen in several recent projects which have been formative to her interest in sculpture, design, and public art including: 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.
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