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Copia - Retail, Thrift and Dark Stores, 2001-11
Brian Ulrich
Chicago, IL (Cell), 2003
Pigment print
40 x 50 in
2013.6.1
Museum purchase
Collection of the Haggerty Museum of Art
© Brian Ulrich

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Copia - Retail, Thrift and Dark Stores, 2001-11

Exhibition: – 18 May 2014

Wed 22 Jan 18:00

Haggerty Museum of Art

13th and Clybourn streets
WI 53201-1881 Milwaukee

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Copia - Retail, Thrift and Dark Stores, 2001-11
Brian Ulrich
Untitled Thrift (Shoe Pile), 2006
Pigment print
48 x 60 in
2013.6.2
Museum purchase
Collection of the Haggerty Museum of Art
© Brian Ulrich

Brian Ulrich
Copia—Retail, Thrift and Dark Stores, 2001-11

January 22 through May 18 2014

This insightful, decade-long, three-phase investigation of the American consumer psyche traces a route from exuberant excess to the bleak architectural landscapes of closed malls and empty parking lots. For his first chapter, Retail, photographer Brian Ulrich traveled extensively across the United States to document shoppers in vast and ubiquitous enclosed malls and big-box stores. He relied on a hand-held camera with the viewfinder at waist level to create candid images of people engrossed in navigating an abundance of goods. Ulrich then turned his attention to thrift stores, which became a primary destination for a growing segment of the country’s population in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

Copia - Retail, Thrift and Dark Stores, 2001-11
Brian Ulrich
Cleveland, OH, 2004
Chromogenic process color print
101.6 x 127 in
Gift of Katherine Solender and William E. Katzin, The Cleveland Museum of Art 2007.170 © Brian Ulrich

The Thrift chapter focuses on workers attempting to bring order to the mountains of donated, discarded, and unwanted consumer products. Lastly, in Dark Stores, Ghostboxes, and Dark Malls, Ulrich utilized a large-format view camera to produce richly detailed photographs that explore the lasting impact of the economic recession. This chapter contains haunting landscapes of the interiors and exteriors of abandoned buildings.

Brian Ulrich: Copia – Retail, Thrift and Dark Stores, 2001-2011 was organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art. This exhibition was made possible by the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation.

Copia - Retail, Thrift and Dark Stores, 2001-11
Brian Ulrich
JC Penney, Dixie Square Mall, 2009
Chromogenic process color print
121.9 x 152.4 in
Courtesy the artist and Julie Saul Gallery © Brian Ulrich