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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Shop the Pain Away

Brian Ulrich Chicago, IL, 2003 (Cell) Here's an exhibition about our consumer culture minus the smug factor. That's an achievement. Brian Ulrich started taking a series of photos after the U.S. government encouraged Americans to go shopping in response to 9/11. These images on display at Julie Saul gallery capture scenes we see every day, but suddenly the familiar becomes perverse, such as the photo of a train-line of checkout cashiers at Target. Still, Ulrich holds back the Lefty Tsk-Tsk card. There's a feeling of marvel mixed with hangover headache because of the overabundance. (Images via Julie Saul gallery)

Brian Ulrich Granger, IN, 2003 (Checkout)
Brian Ulrich Kenosha, WI, 2003 (Spilled Milk)