Intersections: Butterfield, 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 a street sign that reads “Irving Ave”. On the left side of the image there is a road that stretches into the distance and on the left side of the road is a line of trees in grass. On the right side of the image, behind the street sign, is a sidewalk that travels into the background and there are a line of houses to the right of it following it down. There are power lines above.
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.