The Art Of David Rosetzky

David Rosetzky is a Melbourne artist who began exhibiting his work about 20 years ago, after graduating with a degree in fine art from Victoria College, Prahran. In the early 1990s, he was a founding member of 1st Floor Artists and Writers Space, an artist-run gallery in Fitzroy. His work has been exhibited widely in Australia, and also in Europe, Japan and the United States.

ACMI first exhibited David Rosetzky’s work ten years ago, when his two-channel video piece Maniac de Luxe (2004) was commissioned by ACMI as part of 2004: Melbourne Culture Now, a large show surveying the Melbourne art scene across ACMI and the National Gallery of Victoria.

In 2008, David was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to create a portrait of Cate Blanchett. In this interview, he talks about his relationship to the genre of portraiture, and how his work differs from the traditional idea of trying to capture the essence of an individual.

While video is David’s preferred medium, evidence of his early training as a painter can be seen in his first video portraits that use carefully constructed compositions shot with a single camera in a fixed position. His earlier work also relied heavily on texts spoken by performers. In the last few years, however, David’s compositions have seen him work increasingly with dance as an expressive language. They have also become more cinematic, confidently playing with space and time.

Gaps, now showing in Gallery 2,  continues this progression. David has worked closely with choreographer Stephanie Lake and a cast of two actors and two dancers to incorporate dance, dialogue and movement into his most recent work. It was filmed over a few days in a dance rehearsal room in Fitzroy, and at Chunky Move headquarters in Southbank.

ACMI is co-commisioning Gaps with Carriageworks in Sydney, who will include it in their ongoing series of dance-related works 24 Frames per Second.

David Rosetzky: Gaps is open daily from 10am – 5pm and runs until Sunday 8 February, 2015.

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