• Artist
    David Rosetzky
  • Title
    Nothing like this
  • Date of Production
    2007
  • Medium
    video still from 16mm film transfer to DVD
  • Dimensions
  • Credit Details
    Courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

David Rosetzky - Nothing like this


Thursday, September 29, 2011 - Sunday, November 13, 2011, 5:00 PM - 9:00 AM

Project Window - Lydiard Street
Admission: Free


Silky smooth and elegantly beautiful, David Rosetzky's work Nothing like this is technically precise and draws parallels with the idealized images of high-end screen based advertising. As with screen advertising, Nothing like this seeks to communicate messages disguised by visual beauty and desirability. The video uses beauty to explore the complex relationships between internal and external worlds, the authentic and the fake - in essence, the human condition.

Nothing like this presents a collection of scenes in which the viewer witnesses a group of 20-somethings on holiday. Visually everything is calm, the group is at ease and the characters and their environs exude a languor that is both beautiful and intriguing. Aesthetically, the scene is glamorous, but something is not quite right. There is a melancholic unease that pervades the mood. The young people are not as composed as they seem.

It soon becomes evident that the monologues do not correlate directly with the images. The characters give candid accounts of their internal musings, revealing the self doubt and social anxieties behind the beautiful façades. Nothing like this reflects on our struggle for authenticity and explores the tensions between our inner and outer worlds.