Intersections: Wheaton, 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, where the foreground is taken up by the horizontal road and on the left it splits off into a section that travels off into the distance. On either side there is grass with large trees. On the right there is a small corner of white fencing next to one of the trees and also a streetlight on the very corner above the road.
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.