17th and Oak - A Neighborhood Experience

James McCurtis Jr.'s avatar James McCurtis Jr.

I grew up in a Chicago suburb near the corner of 17th Ave. and Oak Street – also known as 17th and Oak. In the ‘80s and 90’s, my tree-lined neighborhood was like many of the communities throughout America. There were lots of children. We would play from sunrise to sunset and we had to be home when the streetlights came on. These images, drawn and painted on plywood, depict the children in my old neighborhood and all of the games we played together. 17th and Oak was a neighborhood where everybody knew one another. It's where I learned the tough lesson to not fly a kite near trees. My sisters played double dutch and hopscotch there. 17th and Oak is not just about me and my experiences. It is a microcosm of every block in America - from Los Angeles to Brooklyn - where innocence blew in the wind and ran as fast as children when they raced each other down the street. My hope is that my art will give you a warm feeling of nostalgia that brings your fond memories to life again.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 3/4 inch
  • Medium: Wood
  • Width: Each about 3 feet
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: Each about 4.5 feet