David Rosetzky | Australia b.1970 | Untouchable (DVD still) 2003 | DVD (3 channels) and Digital Betacam formats: 18:38 minutes, colour, sound ed. 2/3 | Purchased 2005. The Queensland Government's Queensland Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
David Rosetzky is a leading young Australian artist working in video and video installation. His works employ a range of artistic and aesthetic techniques including contemporary design, fashion and portraiture.
Rosetzky scrutinises aspects of the contemporary condition through the issues of identity and relationships, love and alienation. Rosetzky’s subjects often appear within chic, minimal settings or among the latest designer furniture. They explore worlds that are familiar and intimate, yet estranged.
In Untouchable, a small cast of characters play out scenes in which they divulge their intimate confessions and anxieties. These mini narratives have the stylised, emotional feel of television soap opera. We soon realise that speeches have been swapped between speakers, calling into question both the origins of their stories and the identities of the characters.
Rosetzky’s video installations explore the boundaries between subject and viewer. In Untouchable, the three video screens appear as windows in a contemporary ‘retro’ house. The viewers are positioned as both observers and confidantes within these ‘real-life dramas’.