Roger Welch

Ted Greenwald Gallery

During the mid ’70s, Roger Welch constructed scale models of Polish villages and towns. The sources for these constructions were largely elderly people who had survived World War II and the Holocaust, or who had left Poland before these destructive events took place. Out of the dialogue between the artist and an individual a specific village was reconstructed. In their own way, Welch’s models are as powerful and heartrending as the photographs of Roman Vishniac. Furthermore, they redefined all notions of what constitutes a collaborative work. Another group of work—one that has never been exhibited—is “Imaginary Children,” 1975–80. Using family photographs and other found materials, Welch assembled a pictorial biography of an imaginary child. The connection between these two series, as well as his recent body of work, is memory.

This exhibition comprised seven shaped paintings. Each shape

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