Prizer Gallery presents A Hurricane Without Water - Detroit Through Google Street View opening reception
Everyone wants Detroit to be an illuminating detail for the rest of the country - either as the canary in the coal mine, or a symbol of recovery and renewal. The reality, as it seems to insist on being, is more complicated. The financial crisis of 2008 ignited a period of expedited population loss and deterioration of property unmatched in Detroit’s history - even compared to the era including the 1967 riots.
Some of the most poignant evidence of the post-financial crisis fall of this impoverished city was incidentally captured by one of the most valuable companies on earth - Google Street View has documented most powerfully the impact of this metaphorical hurricane on Detroit.
The work presented in this show has its roots in a blog created by the artist, Alex Alsup, called GooBing Detroit, where he collects screenshots of Detroit property over time, as captured by Google Street View and Bing StreetSide. The show features 13 scenes of post-financial crisis collapse from across Detroit.
Following the opening reception, the exhibition runs until March 26.