Intersections: Eagle St. and 14th Ave. Naperville, Illinois

Artwork
Medium:
Photographic Print
Date:
1976
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 11" Width: 14"
Description:
A black and white photo of an intersection in a neighborhood. In the center of the image is a crosswalk road sign and beside it is a street sign that reads “N Eagle St”. Across the street are two single story houses. They both have snow in their front yards.
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.