Stan Denniston

Mercer Union Gallery

Stan Denniston’s Kent State U./Pilgrimage and Mnemonic was a departure from his previously straightforward presentations of paired photographs. Two complex assemblages of photographs were mounted facing each other on unfinished wall constructions, forming a short, narrow, open-ended corridor which looked arbitrary and utilitarian. The photographic assemblages themselves seemed to be the product of a persistent methodology. On one of the ad hoc walls Denniston had generated a large picture of a site at Kent State University, Ohio, by systematically positioning numerous smaller photographs that he had made at the campus, starting with the ground at his feet and proceeding to record each angle of view until the entire vista had been encompassed. Facing this reconstructed image of the Kent State location was a chaotic mirror image. This was not, however, Kent State; it was a conglomeration of

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