Intersections: Prairie Ave. and Santa Rosa Ave., Wheaton, Illinois

Artwork
Medium:
Photographic Print
Date:
1977
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 11" Width: 14"
Description:
A black and white photo of road in the foreground and on the right it curves and travels into the distance. On either side of the road there are grass patches with trees and large greenery. On the right there is a driveway that goes into 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.