Show, don’t tell

Philipp Rößle and Linus Rauch

March 3rd – April 1st 2017


SHOW, DON’T TELL refers to a writing technique which, instead of literally describing a scene in every prosaic detail, creates tension by using hints, context and omissions, respectfully giving the reader space to develop thought and feeling for it. Incorporating the readers own experience, it opens up a multitude of possibilities. Brought to the language of visual art, this concept gains a double-meaning. The interplay of textures, shapes, reflections, transparencies and spatial relations builds clues, contrasts and suggestions that the viewer can use without losing his or her freedom of interpretation. While differing in their approach, the two artists share a continuous interest in walking the fine line of showing enough, but not too much.

Philipp Rößle (b. 1987), lives and works in Berlin, DE. He studied under Günther Förg at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. After an Erasmus scholarship at the Central Saint Martins University London he completed his studies as Meisterschüler at University of the Arts Berlin. Having started with rather classical painting techniques such as oil on canvas, over the years Philipp Rößle developed his work further into a more minimal and conceptual language using techniques such as inkjet print or doing works such as in situ wall paintings and rather object like mirror pieces. All bodies of work relate to painting and question its historical as contemporary function, at the same time revealing a confession to painterly sensuality. philipproessle.com

Linus Rauch (b. 1984) lives and works in Berlin, DE. Having been trained as a doctor, Linus decided to focus instead on art. His works are minimalistic and “clean”, but in no way sterile. He employs a variety of materials, from found fabrics and plaster to paint and paper, utilizing them as vocabulary resources in the attempt to materialize a complex ecology of perception. linusrauch.com

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The event is supported by AFCN – National Cultural Fund Administration. The project does not necessarily represent the position of the National Cultural Fund Administration. AFCN is not responsible for the project’s content or the way in which its results can be used. These fall under the financial beneficiary’s full responsibility.