David Rosetzky


Born Melbourne 1970; Currently lives and works Melbourne

David Rosetzky works predominantly in video and photographic formats, creating scenarios in which human behaviour, identity, subjectivity, contemporary culture and community come under intimate observation. He has been making portraits since the early 1990s, using the format to explore relationships between interiority and exteriority, reality and fantasy, authenticity and artificiality. Technically and aesthetically precise, Rosetzky's work is stylised, moody and strikingly beautiful, and resembles the idealised images found in high-end advertising and screen culture.

‘Over the last decade ... [Rosetzky] has quickly and quietly amassed one of the most coherent, nuanced and interpretatively resonant bodies of work in the country. Single-minded and singular in approach, the hallmark of his practice is an intensely self-aware contemporary emotional mannerism.'

- Robert Cook, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Photography and Design, Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2007

David Rosetzky has a strong international reputation, having participated in a substantial number of important international projects, including The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, International Centre for Photography, New York, 2009; Viewpoints & Viewing Points: Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2009; and Face Up, Hamburger Bahnhoff, Berlin, 2003. Other selected exhibitions include: Composite Portraits and Recent Photographic Work, Turner Galleries, Perth, 2016; 24 Frames per Second, Carriageworks, Sydney, 2015; So Long as You Move, Ark Galerie, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2014; South by Southeast: Recent Video Art from Australia and New Zealand, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 2011; 21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 2011; 21st Century Modern: Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2006; Crowds /Conversations / Confessions, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 2006; 2004: Australian Culture Now, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne; and Objects and Ideas: Revisiting Minimalism, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 1997. Rosetzky has also presented regular solo exhibitions at Sutton Gallery since 2004.

In 2014 the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, and Carriageworks, Sydney, co-commissioned Rosetzky to produce a new video work Gaps, which followed on from a major survey show at Centre for Contemporary Photography in 2013 (which tours Nationally through to October 2015). In 2011 the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, commissioned Rosetzky to make the cinemascale video project How to Feel and in 2008 the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, commissioned Rosetzky to create a video portrait of actress Cate Blanchett. Rosetzky was awarded the inaugural Anne Landa Art Award for Moving Image and New Media Art by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, in 2005. He was a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, between 2002 and 2003, and has also been an artist in residence at Glasgow School of Art and Dunedin Public Art Gallery. His work is held in many important local and international collections.



CV 2018 David Rosetzky

Artwork by David Rosetzky

Half Brother, 2013

high definition digital video, colour and sound
10:9 min