Intersections: Villa Park or Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Artwork
Medium:
Photographic Print
Date:
1977
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 11" Width: 14"
Note: Above dimensions are for the mat. Photograph dimensions are 8"h x 10"w.
Description:
A black and white photo of an intersection that has three different streets conjoining. In every corner between the streets is filled with grass, but the one on the left has a tree in front of some sidewalk and more trees behind it separating the sidewalk from a house that is in the distant corner. On the right side there is a post sticking up from the grass that says “Forest”.
Historical Context:
In the later years of his photography career, Douglas Gilbert found himself teaching at Wheaton College in Illinois between the years 1972 and 1982. During this time, he was exploring Chicago’s Western suburbs and in 1978 he released a collection of street intersections taken on a 35mm camera. These locations are overall mundane and insignificant, merely being no more than lines on a developers plan, but Gilbert shows contrast of materials and space in black and white to create something original out of ordinary.