Intersections: School St., Lombard, Illinois

Artwork
Medium:
Photographic Print
Date:
1976
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 11" Width: 14"
Description:
A black and white picture of an intersection. There is road in the foreground going horizontal and then it meets one that is traveling from the right into the distance where it meets another horizontal road in front of a agricultural field. On the left side there is a corner of sidewalk that follows both roads and on the corner there is a street sign that reads “School St”. There are trees in the grass along the street and power lines in the sky.
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.