2019 Darkroom Dinner Auction Items


Lyu  2017
gelatin silver print 59.5 x 49.0 cm
courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery (Melbourne)

edition: 1/6 + 2APs
estimate: $3200 – $3400

David Rosetzky (1970– ) is a Melbourne-based artist who has been exhibiting his work since the early 1990s. He studied painting at Victoria College in Prahran and completed a PhD in fine art at Monash University in Caulfield. Rosetzky’s video work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, resulting in major commissions including for the National Portrait Gallery, Portrait of Cate Blanchett (2008), a collaboration with choreographer Lucy Guerin and composer J David Franzke. Rosetzky’s practice extensively encompasses other media including photography and installation and often explores themes of identity and interpersonal relationships.

Rosetzky has been working in portraiture since the early 1990s to explore ideas relating to the ‘self and identity’ and has a sustained interest in experimental photographic processes. In this work Rosetzky has used analogue darkroom techniques, a double exposure, to lay two images on top of each other. This technique encourages images to emerge through chance.

Rosetzky commented about this technique in relation to Composite images (20 April – 19 May 2018, Sutton Gallery) which directly relate to this series. ‘The technique of double-exposure photography is particularly interesting to me – working with portraiture and ideas relating to the self and identity – as it helps me to create images that seem ambiguous, fragmented and in a state of transition, rather than fixed or essential.’ (Rosetzky – Sutton Gallery)

Rosetzky is an MGA Collection artist, a 2017 Bowness Photography Prize finalist and in 2018 was a Bowness Photography Prize judge. The body of his work from the MGA Collection was showcased in MGA’s 2018 exhibition LEGACY+ … collecting contemporary alongside Hoda Afshar and Pat Brassington.



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