Curated by Tucker Neel
Bari Ziperstein's 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 solo shows includes 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 numerous publications including the Los Angeles Times, Flash Art, X-TRA, Los Angeles Weekly, Artnet, and Art Papers.
From 2007 to 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.
Tucker Neel is an artist, freelance writer, and independent curator living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Embracing a heterogeneous practice, Neel utilizes drawing, painting, sculpture, video, installation, and online communication to create works that investigate questions of allegiance, memory, and collective experience. Neel holds an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design and a BA in Art History and Visual Arts from Occidental College. He has exhibited work in Los Angeles and across the country in venues such as Commissary Arts, Samuel Freeman, Bonnelli Contemporary, Control Room, D-Block Projects, LA Freewaves, and well as in various site-specific exhibitions in public spaces. As a curator he has organized exhibitions for The Regent Galleries, the Bolsky Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design, Highways Gallery in Santa Monica, and GATE Projects in Glendale, CA. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Communication Arts, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Graphic Design MFA departments at Otis College of Art & Design, and teaches professional practices, critique, studio art, and critical theory to both Undergraduate and Graduate students. He is Vice President of GYST-Ink, an artist-run company offering professional practices software and services to artists. He is also Curator and Project Manager for GATE Projects; a Contributing Editor for Artillery Magazine; and founder of 323 Projects, an art gallery that exists solely as a voicemail system and website.