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Artist Talk - David Rosetzky


Artist Talk - David Rosetzky

Start Date

Aug 5, 2023 1:00 pm

End Date

Aug 5, 2023 1:45 pm


Plimsoll Gallery and The Hedberg (The Salon)  19 -27 Campbell Street, Hobart

David Rosetzky: Expanded Portraiture
Collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches to representing the self, identity, and community.

Portrait of Cate Blanchett 2008 David Rosetzky

Saturday 5 August 2023
1 - 1:45 pm

University of Tasmania 
The Hedberg (The Salon)   
19 -27 Campbell Street, Hobart
(Entrance at 19 Collins St)

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David Rosetzky is an artist and educator with an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to art making. Often working with practitioners from the fields of theatre, dance, and film and community groups – he creates videos, installations and photographic works in which identity is intimately observed. With an extensive exhibition history both in Australia and overseas, he has presented his work in over 30 solo exhibitions and 60 group exhibitions. David is currently showing new video, photography, and text-based work in the exhibition Air to Atmosphere at Castlemaine Art Museum, for which he collaborated with the LGBTQIA+ community in Central Regional Victoria to explore and celebrate their diversity, resilience, and pride.

In this presentation,  David will discuss his ideas and processes in the making of his Portrait Cate Blanchett and collaboration with the LGBTQIA+ community in Central Regional Victoria for his Air to Atmosphere project, and outline his attitudes to portraiture and the ethics and politics of representation.

David's work, Portrait of Cate Blanchett, is currently on show as part of Interfacial Intimacies at Plimsoll Gallery.

David Rosetzky

About this event

This presentation forms part of the Creativity and Changing Landscapes event aimed at teachers and educators, co-organised between the University of Tasmania – College of Arts, Law, and Education (UTAS CALE), Tasmanian Art Teachers Association (TATA), Hadley’s Art Prize Hobart and Art Education Australia (AEA).

This presentation is associated with the exhibition Interfacial Intimacies on show at the Plimsoll Gallery from 8 June – 5 August 2023.

Interfacial Intimacies

What does it mean to be the absolute essence of who you are without being wedded to any of it?

For a long time, the ‘self’ was considered a stable and trustworthy container within which you can be found.

Emerging theories of selfhood recognise that it isn’t so simple. We know that we can have as many social selves as the people who recognise us. Rather than being fixed and always coherent, our personalities can be participated in as a plethora of parallel processes and possibilities. Of transformation. Of continuous becoming.

This exhibition brings together artists who hold and express tenderly the multiple aspects of their selves through a series of portraiture and anti-portraiture. With photography, film, painting, installation, textile, and performance, this exhibition explores the tensions

of our networked personalities - our shadows, our masks, our shame.

Yet, the artists retain their agency and their ‘right to opacity’, to resist being wholly understood, or essentialised; towards an openness of cultural hybridity, to being visible while not being wholly transparent.

How will you show up today?

Artists: Bruno Booth, Amrita Hepi, Léuli Eshrāghi, Bhenji Ra, Aleks Danko, Cassie Sullivan, Georgia Morgan, Cigdem Aydemir, David Rosetzky, and Shea Kirk.

Curator: Caine Chennatt

Artwork image credits (top to bottom) :
Portrait of Cate Blanchett 2008
David Rosetzky
single channel moving image, colour, sound, 9 minutes, 56 seconds
National Portrait Gallery of Australia
Commissioned with funds provided by Ian Darling 2008

Videography: Katie Milwright
Choreography: Lucy Guerin
Sound design and composition: J. David Franzke
Editor: Paul Damien Williams
Production managers: Lee Jake Mariano, Kate Rule
1st camera assistant: Tov Belling
Key grip: Martin Fargher
Gaffer: Matthew Hoile
Best boy: Adisung Tubtim
Colourist: Daniel Stonehouse at XYZ studios
Compositing: Reece Sanders
Hair, makeup and styling: Nadja Mott for Pluscreate
Hair, makeup and styling assistant: Sean Meilak
Clarinet on soundtrack: Gillian Howell
Clothing supplied by Obüs, Saxon Jorgensen

David Rosetzky portrait,Courtesy of the artist.

8 June – 5 August 
11am – 4pm Tuesdays – Saturdays
Closed Sundays, Mondays and public holidays

Exhibition development received assistance through the Contemporary Art Tasmania Exhibition Development Fund and was produced by the University of Tasmania – Library and Cultural Collections