Binoculars - 1986

48 x 96 x 10 inches

Oil on shaped canvas

Private collection

Review(s) on Binoculars, 1986

Shaped Memory Paintings
In inviting the viewer to make a narrative connection between shape and image, Welch has found a way to make the viewer an active participant who finishes the painting. As the artist knows, memory can be a wand that transforms the familiar into the enigmatic. In these paintings the literal shape becomes the container of the instant that it is depicted. The imaginative space that exists between the outer shape and the moment it frames makes the work transcend its banal sources.
John Yau, review Roger Welch, Artforum, Summer issue 1985