Detroit's empty blocks have been well documented over the past 30 years, and with few exceptions focus on the spectacularly negative moments, unforgettably among them the annual Devil's Night arsons in the late part of the last century. The prevailing message of this imagery is that the city comprises a majestic collection of Art Deco skyscrapers and modernist residences, which are officially preserved amidst chaos. The story goes: Once the country's fourth largest city, the landscape of contemporary Detroit is blighted with shells of former glory that have become a playground for nefarious activities. America pays for its hubris at the expense of local community. Two Detroit artists recognize the importance of documentary imagery and look more productively at the city's architecture.
Currently on view in the group show "Redux" at New York's Cristin Tierney Gallery (through Feb. 4) are two works by Joe Fig, both related to his 200