The documentative style of the photographs and their indexing is evocative of Dan Graham’s Home’s for America series (1966-1967), which documented domestic spaces in an archival format. The Partial Carpentries series explores the polysemous function of images as gestural and didactic by replicating the visual codes in instruction manuals. The rawness of the photograph display and the overtness of building materials as subject matter reiterates the exhibitions title by assembling actions and materials which are not conventionally valued for their aesthetic content and presenting them as art objects.
The archival prints are predominantly by Duncan Winder (1919-1970), and consist of 1960s architectural construction scenes. All of the images are cropped to highlight specific actions and situations current to the time – a protest, an experimental construction by architecture students. The actions photographed extend in subject matter beyond construction sites into protests and art spaces emphasising gestures in abstracted forms of labour. Remnant areas of grey space visually unify the archival series as landscape.