Linus Rauch

show, don't tell


with Philipp Rößle

at Lateral, Fabrica de Pensule, Cluj

2017

SHOW, DON’T TELL usually 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.