Intersections: N. Ardmore St., Villa Park, Illinois

Artwork
Medium:
Photographic Print
Date:
1976
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 11" Width: 14"
Description:
A black and white photo of a street in a suburban neighborhood. On the left of the image we see a small garden with three bushes inside a white fence. There is a sidewalk around the white fence and leading off in the other direction as well. There is a road beyond this behind a street sign that says “N. Ardmore Av”. Across the street there are three single story homes.
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.