David Rosetzky wins 2005 Anne Landa Award
Melbourne artist David Rosetzky was the recipient of the inaugural Anne Landa Award for moving image and new media work in 2005.
David Rosetzky received $25,000 and his work, Untouchable,
was acquired for the art collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney.
David Rosetzky's video considers how we represent our lives to ourselves and how our experience of self is affected by relationships with others. In Untouchable we look into three rooms whose inhabitants speak about an emotionally charged experience that is preoccupying them. Each speaker narrates the thoughts that seem, at least initially, to refer to the other person in the room with them.
The relationship between the protagonists becomes increasingly ambiguous, however, as speakers on different screens start to say each other's lines. The title Untouchable echoes their inability to connect with each other, while also suggesting the viewer's uncertain relationship with the screen characters. This distance reflects one of the paradoxes of globalisation: the tension between our contemporary drive to individualism and the desire for communality, for a sense of meaning achieved through belonging and interrelationships.(1)
Commenting on winning the Anne Landa Award, David Rosetzky said: "I am very excited and appreciative about receiving the Anne Landa Award. To have a video installation in the Art Gallery of New South Wales' collection is a great honour. The award will enable me to further develop my practice as I plan to use the prize to buy equipment and time in the studio to work on new projects. I am very thankful to Sophie Landa in initiating this award and exhibition with the Art Gallery of New South Wales as it helps raise the profile of contemporary new media art in Australia and also provides artists with much needed opportunities and support."
Aged 34, David Rosetzky's work was most recently represented in the 2004 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Contemporary Photo-Media at the Art Gallery of South Australia, and in Living Together is Easy which was shown at Art Tower Mito, Japan and at the National Gallery of Victoria. In addition to his art practice, David lectures in the Photography Department at the Victorian College of the Arts and is an Education Outreach Presenter in the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art's Outreach Schools Program.
Selector's Comments: "Over the last decade David Rosetzky's video art has explored the nuances of contemporary human relationships. This multi-channel video work, Untouchable, is a highly layered and sophisticated meditation on our desire to connect with each other and the fact we are often unable to do so. The work is sensitively filmed, has a poignant and open-ended narrative and it has a refined physical presence within the gallery space.
"Untouchable will become part of the Art Gallery's permanent collection, a fitting tribute to Anne Landa's visionary support of the creative arts."
The work of the six artists selected for the Anne Landa Award will be on view at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until Sunday 13 February.
Acclaimed film director Peter Weir announced the establishment of a new $25,000 art award in honour of Anne Landa on 11 February 2004 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Initiated by her daughter Sophie Landa and Edmund Capon, the award is
an exciting addition to the country's contemporary arts calendar. Anne Landa, who passed away in 2002, was a trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The award
acknowledges Anne's exceptional support of the visual arts in Australia.
The late Anne Landa
"Anne was a woman of great passion, energy and courage. This Award will honour a truly remarkable Australian who was a great supporter of the arts in this country," said Edmund Capon, Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
The late Anne Landa
The Award is part of a biennial curated exhibition of innovative film, video, and photomedia. It
is also the first acquisitive award in Australia to focus on this area of practice. One work will then be selected to enter the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
The inaugural exhibition is to be curated by Wayne Tunnicliffe, Curator of Contemporary Australian Art.
Apart from her commitment to the Art Gallery New South Wales, Anne was co-ordinator of the Landa scholarship for young pianists, a member of the committee of the Sydney piano competition, an advisory council member for the College of Fine Arts and a director of Greater Union.
"Anne was a very important part of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, her influence going way beyond just that of a Trustee. We welcome the establishment of the award in her name as it will perpetuate an association between our Gallery and Anne, sadly not in person but in spirit," said Mr David Gonski AO, President, Board of Trustees, Art Gallery of New South Wales.
The inaugural Anne Landa Award exhibition will open at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in November 2004.
ANNE LANDA AWARD
On view: 2 December to 13 February 2005
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