We're excited to share an exclusive collaboration between Los Angeles-based artist Bari Ziperstein and U.S retail Ten Over Six. The 'Bari Ziperstein x Ten Over Six Lady Finger Vase' will be available in a trio of colors: Pink (Evelyn), Orange (Goldie) and Lavender (Marsha) at Ten Over Six boutiques in Los Angeles and Dallas. The pieces are an ode to the vibrant color palette associated with Ten Over Six and its bright storefront on Melrose Ave. The collection also pays homage to three women in Ziperstein's family: Goldie, Evelyn & Marsha, all of whom were meticulously manicured throughout the artist's upbringing.
Asymmetric Magazine: Tell us about your latest collaboration with Ten Over Six.
Bari Ziperstein: The collaboration with Ten Over Six is an exclusive series of Lady Finger Vases based on the finger nails of my mom and grandmothers. My mother, a typical Jew from the suburbs of Chicago with a gorgeous brown curly afro–lots of jewelry–makeup and perfect nails which she paints weekly according to the seasons. Winter would be black or deep purple nails and summer would be neons and red.
For this particular series, I wanted to celebrate them by naming each vase after someone important and have a color associated with it as well with specific nail colors. At first, one might not notice the carving of a hand on the vase - but upon further inspection the bright nail colors brings things into focus.
AM: What is your biggest inspiration?
BZ: Architecture, materials (the transformation of clay) Marimekko patterns, and my son Lawrence.
AM: What role does Los Angeles play in your work?
BZ: It's a huge part of my work and practice–the commute alone from my mid-city apartment to my studio in Glassell Park takes me through many socio-economic and architectural changes. The dense horizontal landscape of L.A, vast open spaces of the desert, and rich ceramic community keeps me nourished and on my toes.
AM: What themes do you typically pursue in your work?
BZ: Feminism, architecture, pattern, color, the figure, and scale.
AM: What can we expect to see from you next?
BZ: I'm working on a new body of vessels and XL architectural vases to debut at Sight Unseen's OFFSITE in mid May in NYC. The works combine my interest in collage aesthetics with the combination of rope and clay–using the rope as if drawing a line is space.
The new fine art works are in full production–with a new body of wood, rope, leather, and ceramic sculptures based on historical imagery from Cold War Propaganda posters and Stalin's Trade Show sets.
Bari Ziperstein is an LA-based artist specializing in experimental sculptures and ceramic work. She is known for her gallery presence, public sculptures and a design line under BZIPPY & CO. You can find more of her work at bariziperstein.com.