Intersections: Villa Park, 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 of a road perpendicular to another. The horizontal road stretches to the right where it meets the other, going off into the distance. In the grass space before the horizontal road there is sidewalk that meets at a point, a tree and a wire connected to the ground that is next to a small and withered tree. In the distance on the other side of the horizontal road, There is a power plant that is blocked off by a chain link fence.
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.