Intersections: Brandon Ave. and Fairview Ave., Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Artwork
Medium:
Photographic Print
Date:
1976
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 11" Width: 14"
Description:
A black and white photo of a street. On the left side is a street that is perpendicular to another and they meet in the distance in the photo. On the right side is the end of a driveway and the end of a sidewalk beyond it. Right in front of the driveway, and visually the focal point of the photo is a small tree. Where the two roads meet, there is a striped barrier with a sign above it indicating the “T” in 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.