New York

Roger Welch

Stefanotty Gallery

Humanness. The word points to the appeal of Roger Welch’s work. His recent piece Rodger Woodward—Niagara Falls Project is part of a planned series on “Near Death Experiences,” an attempt to recapture, to understand what it means almost to die. It is not the “Drama in Real Life” of Reader’s Digest fame, nor simply storytelling, but more a projection into, a sharing of, another’s experience, which reflects on one’s own. As in Welch’s earlier works, the narrative occurred in the past. One reaches it, not through distance as documented event, but through presence as remembered meaning. In July 1960, at age seven, Rodger Woodward survived going over the falls after his boat capsized in the Niagara River. His sister was rescued off Goat Island before the falls. The other person in the boat was killed. Welch’s piece consists of a video interview with Rodger (now in his twenties) and, projected

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