New York

Roger Welch

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

Roger Welch is best known for works in which he uses photography or film to examine how images shape our perceptions of the world. Drive In, a film and sculpture installation curated by Leandro Katz, focused on the myths that surround popular film. A 18-by 6-foot model of a Rolls Royce, made of twigs and branches tied together, faced a screen—a sheet draped across two large sticks—that stood in a corner of the room. Onto this screen Welch projected a continuous stream of movie shorts: theater announcements, junk food advertisements and previews for six films from the mid-1950s. The installation included all the elements commonly associated with drive-ins. Well, almost all—Welch’s hollow automobile had no back seat. Though this omission was disappointing to some of us it was clearly deliberate. A dreamlike tableau, Drive In suggests the many ways we mythologize cultural history and personal

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. Please sign in below.

Not registered for Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW and save up to 65% off the newsstand price for full online access to this issue and our archive.

Order the PRINT EDITION of the March 1981 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.