Art Uncovered -- Brian Ulrich

Premiere DateNov 1, 2011
00:00 Thomas Intro
02:03 Brian Ulrich Interview pt 1
05:58 Lightning Song Blood on the Wall
07:46 Brian Ulrich Interview pt 2
09:40 Original Love The Feelies
12:30 Brian Ulrich Interview pt 3
15:04 Basil's Kite Cap'n Jazz
17:37 Brian Ulrich Interview pt 4
22:08 Get Me Away From Here I'm Dying Belle and Sebastian
25:28 Brian Ulrich Interview pt 5
28:50 Midnight a Go Go - Beat Happening
31:05 Brian Ulrich Interview pt 6
34:33 Another Man's Vine Tom Waits
36:57 Brian Ulrich Interview pt 7
39:23 You're Losin' Out Two Gallants
42:12 Brian Ulrich Interview pt 8
45:30 Bauhaus Third Uncle
49:43 Finish

In 2001, after 9/11, U.S. politicians instructed Americans to grieve and mourn the national tragedy in the most American of ways: They told us to go shopping.

This call for consumption as a patriotic response to the 9/11 attacks baffled my guest, photographer Brian Ulrich, and inspired him to start what became a ten-year project investigating  the phenomenon of  American consumerism.

The project, entitled Copia: Retail, Thrift and Dark Stores, is divided into three sections. The first, Retail, takes us through  box stores and mega malls;  the 2nd examines second hand shops where once coveted  items are donated by the truckload and sorted by employees and  volunteers. The final section looks at the the eerie facades and interiors of malls and shopping complexes, abandoned or shut down in the wake of the 2008 economic collapse.

Photographs from Brian’s project have just been published by Aperture in a new book called Is This Place Great or What, and are on view through January at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

I met with Brian in New York and talked with him about the evolution of  the Copia project over the last decade.


Host Thomas
Thomas grew up in Northern California where he fell in love with music and photography while going to punk shows and shooting skate photos. He photography in college, which may or may not qualify him to host an…