From the DS Archives: Brian Ulrich

Remember your semi-recent political past through the DS Archives this Sunday as we reintroduce Brian Ulrich. Ulrich is participating in the group show American Psyche at the Religare Arts Initiative Gallery in New Dehli, India through April 3rd.  In addition, Copia, Ulrich’s traveling show, will be arriving at the Cleveland Museum of Art in August of this year and will remain up through January of 2012.

This article was originally written by Ian Curcio on June 29th 2007.


The large-scale photographs of Brian Ulrich embody a distanced awareness to usually familiar environments. Encouraged by the response to the Bush Administration’s call to citizens to strengthen the economy through shopping in 2001, Ulrich created the ongoing “Copia” series that offers an acute look at life in commercial settings. “Copia” not only explores the everyday activities of shopping, but also the economic, cultural, social and political implications of commercialism and the roles played in self-destruction and over-consumption, as well as those played by marketing and advertising. His imagery is made of personal moments in public spaces that are essentially enclosed virtual worlds, such as big-box retailers and thrift stores. The artist received a photography degree from the University of Akron and a photography Master’s from Columbia College in Chicago. He teaches photography, Web design and visual literacy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College. Ulrich is also a frequent contributor toAdbusters Magazine. The artist is represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago, Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco and Julie Saul Gallery in New York.

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