Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Stan Denniston, Untitled, 2005-2007, 6' x 4'
Stan Denniston, Untitled, 2005-2007
2007 Featured Exhibition

Stan Denniston
just until

May 3–28, 2007
Olga Korper Gallery
17 Morrow Ave

The saguaro cactus has long been synonymous
with the
deserts
of the American west and a symbol of rugged
endurance
in a harsh environment. The most anthropomorphic
of plants,
the saguaro’s majestic verticality soars against the
horizon-
tohorizon
sweep of desert scrub.

Denniston’s cacti, their trunks and limbs cradled and
braced, tap that legendary toughness to add
poignancy
to their potential as icons of environmental
degradation.
And subtly embedded in the DNA of these barely
coloured
photographs are historical American texts of social
and
political aspiration and idealism, such as 1863’s
Emancipation
Proclamation, 1872’s Yellowstone Act or 1883’s
The New
Colossus
, a poem by Emma Lazarus.

In the
spirit of
his photo-text series of the 1990s, fictions, in
which straight photographs are confounded by
their
all-too-plausible
overlaid texts, and his ongoing series of video
works,
stills, static works in a medium meant to
capture
motion,
Denniston’s new photo-constructions whisper
their subtle
artifice in an age of wide-open digital manipulation.

Scotiabank CONTACT
Photography Festival

80 Spadina Ave Suite 205
Toronto ON M5V 2J4
Gallery Hours
Tue-Fri 11am–5pm
The CONTACT Gallery
is wheelchair accessible.