American Wilderness: Glen Ellyn, Illinois, No.1

Artwork
Medium:
Photographic Print
Date:
1980
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 11" Width: 14"
Description:
A black and white photo that is a close up on bare brush and woodland area. There is a large tree trunk in the left side of the image but the rest is taken up entirely by skinny branches and a few trees with leaves.
Historical Context:
This collection, American Wilderness, captures the strange reality of industrialized areas and road systems—the combative relationship between nature and human created structures. While this idea isn’t unique to Gilbert, his approach to capturing details of shadow created by a flower head or crack in a cement sidewalk brings an intimate charm to mundane subjects. He focuses on the areas that are common and taken for granted, like the sides of highways, forests at the edges of suburban backyards, or fallen trees in the dead of winter, and creates something out of the mundane landscape of the American citizen’s day-to-day experience.